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Some Comments on Biden's Executive Order re White House Initiative on Hispanics

Added 09-28-22 10:21:02am EST - “I just came across a September 2021 Biden "Executive Order on White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and...” - Reason.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reason.com: “Some Comments on Biden's Executive Order re White House Initiative on Hispanics”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

I just came across a September 2021 Biden "Executive Order on White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics." A few thoughts.

(1) "Only 40 percent of Latino children participate in preschool education programs as  compared to 53 percent of their White peers…. Hispanic and Latino students are more likely than their White peers to experience remote learning arrangements…"

Comment: The executive order oddly contrasts "Latino" with "White." I say oddly because Statistical Directive No. 15, which governs racial classification by the US government, classifies "Hispanic/Latino" as an ethnicity, not a race, and Hispanics can be of any race. I haven't seen the 2020 census data yet, but in past censuses, and in private studies conducted by Pew and others, a bit over fifty percent of American Hispanics self-identify as white; among the ten biggest Hispanic groups, the figures range from around 20% of Dominicans (who have a large admixture of African ancestry) to around 80% of Cubans.

The Biden Administration has proposed changed Directive 15 to treat Hispanic/Latino as a race, but that, for now, is just a proposal—one that has been proposed and ultimately rejected many times since the 1970s. The Administration apparently wants to informally designate Hispanics as a race without going through the legwork to do so officially.

(2) "Due to systemic and historical inequities faced in the classroom, the high school graduation rate for Hispanic students is below the national average." There is also a promise to "monitor and support the development, implementation, and coordination of Federal Government educational, workforce, research, and business development policies, programs, and technical assistance designed to improve outcomes for historically underserved communities, including Hispanics and Latinos."

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