Event Date 1: May 26, 2011 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm
Event Date 2: May 26, 2011 07:15 pm - 08:15 pm
WASHINGTON – More than a dozen new members of the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics will be announced at the White House and sworn-in at an official ceremony with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor at the Smithsonian Castle on Thursday. The Commission works to improve academic excellence and opportunities by providing advice to President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
Hispanic success in education and the labor market is important to America's economy. Hispanics are the largest minority group in the public education system with more than 1 in 5 students in the country's elementary, middle and high schools, but have the lowest education attainment level overall, according to a recent report by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
The meeting will also be streamed LIVE on the Internet on http://www.whitehouse.gov/live.
**NOTE: Space is limited. Media representatives interested in covering the President's Advisory Commission events must pre-credential by emailing their name, title, organization, to firstname.lastname@example.org by 9 a.m. ET on Wednesday, May 25. State- or federal-issued identification and media accreditation are required to gain access. For media who do not hold permanent White House press passes seeking to cover the event at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House, you must also provide full name, social security number, date of birth, gender, country of citizenship, city/state of birth, and city/state of residence. **
|What :||White House officials welcome new members of the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics for their first meeting.|
|When :||1 p.m.|
Eisenhower Executive Office Building Room 430 BC
Media entrance: White House North West Gate (Pennsylvania Ave. NW west of 16th St NW)
(Open Press but space is limited - Final gather is 12:45 PM at stakeout area on the North Lawn)
|What :||U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor swears in members of the Commission, followed by a reception with community leaders co-hosted by the Smithsonian Latino Center.|
|When :||7:15 p.m.|
Smithsonian Institution Castle and Enid A. Haupt Garden, 1000 Jefferson Drive, S.W.
Media entrance: Jefferson Drive, S.W. (Mall entrance)
Truck parking: 12th Street & Jefferson Drive, S.W.
Camera preset: 6:30 p.m.
Camera throw: 75 feet
Cable run: 150 feet