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HOW WHITE HOUSE HISPANIC PROSPERITY INIATIVE IMPROVES ACCESS TO EDUCATIONAL & ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES! (551 hits)


For Immediate Release From White House Hispanic Initiative! NUESTRA INICIATIVA
July 2020 Issue


On July 9, an Executive Order establishing the White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative was signed at a Rose Garden ceremony. This initiative, housed at the U.S. Department of Education, will improve access to educational and economic opportunities for Hispanic Americans by promoting education and workforce development practices, fostering private and public partnerships, and advising the President and Secretary of Education on issues important to Hispanic Americans. (https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trumps-america-first-policies-uplifting-empowering-hispanic-americans/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=).

Building on the legacy of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, this action will improve access to educational, training, and economic opportunities for Hispanic American students by promoting options to enhance personalized learning, family engagement, civics education, and pathways to in-demand jobs. The Executive Order further demonstrates support of school choice, apprenticeships and work-based learning initiatives, Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), as well as the investment in economically distressed communities and small and minority-owned businesses.

The White House also released videos from Hispanic leaders sharing their perspective on the White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative:

Administrator Jovita Carranza (https://twitter.com/WhiteHouse/status/1281351237242421251?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=
).
Deputy Assistant to the President Jennifer Sevilla Korn (https://twitter.com/WhiteHouse/status/1281349470656106498?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=
).

Former Lt. Governor of New Mexico John Sanchez (https://twitter.com/WhiteHouse/status/1281346053699248130?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=
).

In addition, Small Business Administrator Carranza wrote an op-ed (https://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article244119177.html?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=)(Spanish), which appeared in the Miami Herald, sharing the President's https://www.elnuevoherald.com/opinion-es/article244143122.html?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=Administration's commitment to helping Hispanics create prosperity through business and education.


And, Secretary DeVos released a statement (https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/secretary-devos-releases-statement-white-house-hispanic-prosperity-initiative-executive-order?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=) on the executive order on the White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative.

Connect with us on our new social media channels:
Twitter: @WhiteHouseHPI
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhiteHouseHPI/
Instagram: @WH_HPI

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Secretary DeVos recently announced a challenge for educators to rethink education options for rural high school students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rural Tech Project is a $600,000 challenge to advance rural technology education and prepare students for the careers of today and tomorrow. (https://www.ruraltechproject.com/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=
). The Department invites high schools and local educational agencies to propose technology education programs that use competency-based distance learning.


Proposals (https://www.luminarylightbox.com/rural-tech-project/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=
) are due Oct. 8. Up to five finalists will progress to Phase 2 and each will receive an equal share of the $500,000 cash prize pool, on-the-ground assistance, and access to virtual resources. One grand prize winner will receive an additional $100,000.


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Title IX Regulations

On July 21, the Department's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a video webinar ((https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48UwobtiKDI&feature=youtu.be&utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=
) highlighting due process protections contained in the Departmentís new Title IX regulations. (https://sites.ed.gov/titleix/?utm_content&utm_medium=email&utm_name&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term) and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-BCnhUsJ4s&feature=youtu.be&utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

For a list of tools that OCR has issued to assist recipients with Title IX compliance, visit OCRís blog entry (https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/blog/20200722.html?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=
), while questions and requests for technical assistance may be directed to T9questions@ed.gov.


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Working Together to Serve Diverse Communities:

A Virtual Resource Fair

The Federal Trade Commission is hosting a two-day virtual resource fair on Aug. 5Ė6. (https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxNTYsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMDA3MjkuMjUwMzg4MTEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL3d3dy5mdGMuZ292L25ld3MtZXZlbnRzL2V2ZW50cy1jYWxlbmRhci93b3JraW5nLXRvZ2V0aGVyLXNlcnZlLWRpdmVyc2UtY29tbXVuaXRpZXMtdmlydHVhbC1yZXNvdXJjZS1mYWlyP3V0bV9jb250ZW50PSZ1dG1fbWVkaXVtPWVtYWlsJnV0bV9uYW1lPSZ1dG1fc291cmNlPWdvdmRlbGl2ZXJ5JnV0bV90ZXJtPSJ9.19kX1j5v4V3QKEgiEZR1plCOYfNwfJb2VmJk-tj-8QI/s/174130331/br/81651542741-l).

Nine federal agencies will share information concerning their missions and programs that are available to address these challenges and to strengthen the diverse individuals, families, and organizations that they serve. This information-packed event offers a roadmap to access federal services, build stronger relationships, and explore ways that communities can work together to better serve Black, Latino, and other communities. No registration is required.


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Rethinking Higher Education

On July 1, several new regulations (https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/several-secretary-devos-rethink-higher-education-regulations-take-effect-today-department-issues-new-rule-protect-religious-liberty-reform-teach-grant-program?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=) based on the Secretaryís Rethink Higher Education agenda took effect, including rules forged by consensus negotiated rulemaking on accreditation and state authorization reform. This comes as the Department publishes a new regulation, also agreed to by a diverse panel of negotiators, to guarantee the constitutional rights of religious organizations participating in Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs and improve Teacher Education Assistance for College Higher Education (TEACH) grants.

The Departmentís Accreditation and State Authorization regulations expand educational options for students, protect schools with religious missions, lower accreditation costs borne by institutions, clarify an institutionís responsibility for determining where a student resides and what distance learning rules impact that student, and ensure occupational-focused education meets current workforce needs. (https://www2.ed.gov/policy/highered/reg/hearulemaking/2018/teachfaithbasedfinalreg712020.pdf?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=). These regulations also replace the idea of a one-size-fits-all standard with accountability requirements that align with an institutionís mission and program offerings. And, the regulations recognize that students and accrediting organizations are not limited to a specific geographic region, so they end the dated concept of regional accreditation and clarify that the Department holds all accreditors to the same standards.

Additional regulations now in effect include the Departmentís overhaul of the previous Administrationís Gainful Employment and Borrower Defense rules. In their place, the current Administration promulgated new regulations that protect individual borrowers from fraud, ensure accountability across institutions, require due process, and protect taxpayers.

Moreover, the Departmentís new Faith-Based Institutions and TEACH Grants(https://www2.ed.gov/policy/highered/reg/hearulemaking/2018/teachfaithbasedfinalreg712020.pdf?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=) final regulation guarantees the constitutional rights of religious students who participate in FSA programs and institutions that participate in the agencyís various funding opportunities. Student loan borrowers will no longer have to forfeit their access to public benefits, such as loan forgiveness, simply because they choose to work at faith-based, non-profit institutions. And, teachers will be able to focus on teaching rather than burdensome paperwork requirements with random deadlines, ensuring that their grants will not be erroneously converted to loans.

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Comments/Questions? Please send an email [Subject: "Nuestra Iniciativa"] to Initiative Senior Advisor Emmanuel Caudillo at emmanuel.caudillo@ed.gov.

Nuestra Iniciativa (https://sites.ed.gov/hispanic-initiative/nuestra-iniciativa/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=
) contains links to other websites and news articles. These links represent just a few examples of the numerous reference materials currently available to the public. The opinions expressed in any articles or web pages do not necessarily reflect the positions or policies of the U.S. Department of Education or the White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative. The inclusion of resources should not be construed or interpreted as an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Education or the White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiaitive of any private organization or business listed herein.
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