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Presidential Advisory Commission on
Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans

President Bush signs Executive Order 13230 establishing the Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans.

In a White House ceremony, flanked by students, prominent Hispanic appointees, community leaders, artists and other guests, President George W. Bush signed Executive Order 13230 on October 12, 2001 establishing the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans.

The purpose of the seventeen member Commission is to work collectively to address the educational issues facing children of Hispanic ancestry living in this country, so that all children have the opportunity to learn, to realize the American dream and to succeed.

Commission Objectives

Executive Order 13230 is based on the principles established in the President's landmark education reform, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. As such, the Commission shall develop a multi-year action plan aimed at closing the educational achievement gap between Hispanic students and their peers. In doing so, they will ensure that the fastest growing segment of the United States population not only graduates from high school at the same rate as their peers but that they also go on to enroll and complete a college education.

Recommendations include:

  1. Plans for a coordinated effort among parents, community leaders, business leaders, educators and public officials at the local, State, and Federal levels;

  2. Development of a monitoring system that measures effectiveness and holds all executive branch departments and agencies accountable for the coordination of Federal efforts to ensure Hispanic Americans participate in Federal education programs;

  3. Identification of successful methods employed throughout the nation in increasing parental, State and local, private sector, and community involvement in improving education for Hispanic Americans; and

  4. How Federal government education programs can be applied to ensure Hispanic parents successfully prepare their children to attend post secondary institutions.

In September 2002, the Commission issued its initial findings in an Interim Report entitled "The Road to a College Diploma: The Complex Reality of Raising Educational Achievement for Hispanics in the United States". A Final Report is due to the President on March 31, 2003.

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