President Obama Appoints Hispanic Education Commission

President Barack Obama has gathered a group of 15 Hispanic education and business leaders to help close the education gap that exists among Hispanics—only 50% of Latinos graduate from high school.

He announced Thursday the selection of the Hispanic Education Commission that includes Univision Networks president Cesar Conde and Francisco G. Cigarroa, chancellor of The University of Texas (UT) System.

“The extraordinary dedication these men and women bring to their new roles will greatly serve the American people,” President Obama said in a statement. “I am grateful they have agreed to serve in this Administration and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”

The group is part of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics that will advise the Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan in ways to help the approximately 11 million children in the U.S. public school system.

The advisory commission is chaired by president of Miami-Dade College, Eduardo Padron, who has served in the commission under other presidents. 

The initiative was originally established in 1990 by then President George H. W. Bush. But, even though former presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush continued appointing their own commissions to support these efforts, the number of Latino children falling through the cracks is still too great, and we hope the best is to come.