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Multicultural Momentum Builds for Ed. Reform



Secretary of Education Duncan to Address Hispanic Media & Stakeholders


Washington, DC  With the Administration nearing the goal posts on meaningful health care reform, attention is turning to the twin goal of educational reform, particularly in the county’s Hispanic and African-American communities.


Over the past few weeks, national forums on Latino families and education issues have been hosted by various groups ranging from the Education Writers Association [EWA] to the National Council of La Raza [NCLR]. In addition, substantive new findings are entering the national dialogue. The Pew Hispanic Center has recently surveyed and reported on Hispanic education changes entitled "Latinos and Education: Explaining the Attainment Gap".  Educational Testing Service, furthermore, has published Princeton University Professor Marta Tienda’s lecture, “Hispanicity and Educational Inequality: Risks, Opportunities and the Nation’s Future,” delivered at the 2009 conference of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education.


Concern is not limited to the Hispanic community. Over the course of the summer the New America Alliance [NAA] and the Executive Leadership Council [ELC] created an educational alliance that has identified and begun to address common issues in closing the achievement gap between black and brown students and their Caucasian and Asian counterparts.


Seeking to leverage the momentum of growing national and local education reform efforts throughout the United States, the Obama administration is focusing on issues from “cradle to career” with the goal of making all students ready to compete in a global economy.


As Education Secretary Arne Duncan commented recently at the National Council of La Raza Gala, “We are moving toward realizing the dream of equal educational opportunity. It has taken us a long time to get there. But together, for the good of our children, let's seize this unique moment in the history of education reform.”


As a reflection of these growing concerns and the administrations outreach, numerous organizations and media have partnered with CapitalWirePR to host Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a forum to Meet the Hispanic Press.  Latino media and education stakeholders will gather on October 28, 2009 from 10:00 to 11:00am at the National Press Club in Washington, DC in a forum that will allow journalists and stakeholders in education to learn more about the administration’s education vision.


“Education is a national priority and an important issue for a significant employer such as Verizon” said Emilio Gonzalez, Vice President for Public Policy and Strategic Alliances.  “Technology plays a vital role in helping students and teachers prepare for a 21st century economy and that is why we have invested in creating a free teaching and learning resource called “” We are committed to helping our education system prepare students for the global economy and offering communities nationwide the tools and resources with which to address some of the challenges that lay ahead.”  Verizon is a Co-Presenting Communication’s Partner of the forum.


The Meet the Hispanic Press forum is open to interested media and invited stakeholder organizations. Following brief introductory remarks and acknowledgements, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will address the forum. He will be followed by questions from a panel of Hispanic-serving national media and questions from other attending media.


Among the topics generating a lot of education and Hispanic community buzz are:

  • the National Common Core State Standards Initiative jointly led by the Council for Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association;

  • the American Graduation Initiative and community colleges, where the highest percentage of Latinos are engaged on post secondary education;

  • the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities [HACU] and the Higher Education Act authorizations for undergraduate and graduate support at Hispanic Serving Institutions [HSIs];

  • the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act [No Child Left Behind];

  • the status and opportunities of the historic recovery and reinvestment funds [ARRA]; and,

  • what’s going on with a new executive order for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans.


Interested and concerned organizations from across the country have joined in support of the Meet the Hispanic Press communications initiative. In addition to Verizon, others partnering for the Meet the Hispanic Press forum include Educational Testing Service [ETS], the College Board, the EdFund and Aztec America. Updated information on the communication’s partners and Honorary Hosts can be found at


Interested parties to the forum are invited to contact CapitalWirePR at 202 662 7242 or by email at .


Additional resources:


The National Common Core State Standards Initiative -


The American Graduation Initiative -





ETS – Tomas Rivera Lecture



Aumenta Dinamismo Multicultural para la Reforma Educativa


El Secretario de Educación Duncan se dirigirá a Medios de Prensa Hispanos y Actores Interesados


Washington, DC [CapitalWirePR] 26 de Octubre, 2009 – Mientras la administración de Barack Obama se acerca a las metas trazadas en cuanto a la Reforma de Salud, la atención se dirige hacia la Reforma Educativa, en especial hacia las comunidades hispanas y afroamericanas del condado.


Durante las últimas semanas, organismos desde la Asociación de Escritores Educacionales (EWA, por sus siglas en inglés) hasta el Consejo Nacional de La Raza (NCLR) han auspiciado fórums nacionales sobre asuntos educacionales para familias latinas.  También, el Pew Hispanic Center ha encuestado y reportado sobre los cambios educacionales hispanos en un reporte titulado “Latinos and Education: Explaining the Attainment Gap”.  Aun más, el Educational Testing Service ha publicado la charla de la Profesora Marta Tienda de la Universidad de Princeton titulada “Hispanicity and Educational Inequality: Risks, Opportunities and the Nation’s Future.”  La charla se dio durante la conferencia de la Asociación Americana de Hispanos en Educación Superior este año.


La preocupación va más allá de la comunidad hispana.  Durante el verano, New America Alliance (NAA) creó una alianza con el Consejo Ejecutivo de Liderazgo (ELC, por sus siglas en inglés) para identificar asuntos que estudiantes hispanos y afro-americanos tienen en común al no poder cerrar la brecha de logros en comparación a estudiantes asiáticos y de raza blanca.


Al querer maximizar el impulso de estos esfuerzos hacia una reforma educativa nacional y local en Estados Unidos, la administración de Obama se enfoca en asuntos como el  ‘de cuna a carrera’ para preparar a todos los estudiantes a competir en esta economía global.


Como dijo Arn Duncan, Secretario de Educación, durante la gala del Consejo Nacional de La Raza, “Estamos progresando hacia el sueño de realizar la igualdad de oportunidad educativa.  Nos ha tomado tiempo pero juntos lograremos el bien para nuestros hijos. Tomemos este momento crucial en la historia de reforma educativa.”

Como un reflejo de la creciente preocupación de estos asuntos y el alcance de la administración, una multitud de organizaciones y medios de comunicación serán copartícipes con CapitalWirePR para auspiciar una reunión con entre el Secretario de Educación Arn Duncan y los medios de comunicación hispanos.  Actores interesados y medios de comunicación hispanos re reunirán el 28 de octubre de 10:00 a 11:00 am en el National Press Club de Washington, D.C. en estilo de fórum para aprender más sobre la visión educativa de esta administración.


“La educación es una prioridad nacional y un asunto de importancia para empleadores como Verizon,” dijo Emilio González, Vicepresidente de Política Publica y Alianzas Estratégicas.  “La tecnología juega un papel vital ayudando a estudiantes y maestros con la preparación que necesitan para el siglo 20.  Por esta razón, hemos invertido en una herramienta gratuita de aprendizaje llamada ‘’  Estamos comprometidos a apoyar el sistema educativo que prepara a nuestros estudiantes para la economía global y sus retos de tal manera que todos tengan acceso a las herramientas necesarias para resolver futuros retos.”  Verizon será Socio en Comunicación y co-presentador durante el fórum.


El Fórum del Encuentro con la Prensa Hispana está abierto a otros medios de comunicación y actores interesados.  Después de abrir el fórum con comentarios y reconocimientos, el Secretario de Educacion Arn Duncan dará una breve presentación seguida por preguntas previamente seleccionadas de entre una mesa de medios de comunicación hispanos y otros periodistas en asistencia.


Entre los temas que atraen más charla en círculos educativos y la comunidad Hispana son:

·        La Iniciativa de Estándares Comunes Nacionales dirigida por el Consejo Principal de Oficiales de Escuelas Estatales (CCSSO por sus siglas en ingles) y la Asociación Nacional de Gobernadores;

·        la Iniciativa Americana de Graduación y las universidades de dos años donde se matricula el porcentaje más alto de latinos;

·        las autorizaciones de Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities [HACU] y el Acto de Educación Superior para apoyar a estudiantes de bachillerato y maestría en Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs);

·        la reautorización del Acto de Educación Primaria y Secundaria (No Child Left Behind);

·        el estatus y las oportunidades de una mejoría histórica y la reinversión de los fondos (ARRA); y

·        lo que sucede durante la reorganización de la Iniciativa de la Casa Blanca en Excelencia Educativa para Hispanoamericanos.

Otros organismos afiliados para este Encuentro con la Prensa Hispana incluyen el Educational Testing Service (ETS), el College Board, el Ed Fundy y Aztec America.


Aquellos organismos interesados se han unido a la iniciativa de comunicación del Encuentro con la Prensa Hispana.  Información actualizada sobre los medios de prensa afiliados y los invitados de honor al evento podrá ser encontrado en


Para asistir el fórum, contacte a CapitalWirePR al 202-66-7242 o por correo electrónico:


Para recursos adicionales:


La Iniciativa de Estándares Comunes Nacionales (CCSSO)-


Iniciativa Americana de Graduación-




ETS – Enlace para la charla de Tomas Rivera





202 662 7242


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Transmitted on 10/26/2009

STORY TAGS: education, reform, minority, mexican, american, spanish, speaking, latina, latino, latin, obama, administration, african, american, black, new america alliance, la raza

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