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President Barack Obama’s administration will carry out an “aggressive campaign” to make sure the middle class, particularly the Latino community, has better access to education from kindergarten through college, the director of the White House Domestic Policy Council said Tuesday.
Cecilia Muñoz, accompanied by Roberto Rodriguez, special assistant to the president for Education Policy, said improving the quality and availability of education is one of the president’s priorities.
Rodriguez said the exponential growth of the Latino community makes it vital for the government to do all in its power to reduce the school-dropout rate among Hispanics.
Led by Alejandra Ceja, director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, the administration is working with local leaders and providing families with the tools to help their children get a college education.
One of the main goals is to make sure Latino families have access to reasonable financing for their children’s higher education, Rodriguez said.
Ceja will visit Texas next week to promote the need for Latino communities to keep their children in school.
The campaign will visit other states as well, including Florida and Alabama.
Muñoz said that despite the government’s budget cuts, Obama’s project for educational reform will compensate schools in poor areas with federal funds.