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White House Committee Discusses Hispanic Education

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MIAMI (AP) — A White House education commission is meeting in Miami to discuss ways to improve Hispanic academic performance.

At the meeting Tuesday, members discussed improving access to early education, increasing the number of Latino teachers and helping students make smart college choices.

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic makes recommendations to President Barack Obama and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on how to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for Latino students.

The advisory commission is chaired by Miami Dade College president Eduardo Padron.

Hispanic students are the fastest growing group in the public school population. They face a number of obstacles, including higher rates of poverty and overall lower achievement on assessments, high school and college graduation than their white peers.

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