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White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics to Lead College Access and Affordability Student and Parent Town Hall in San Antonio, Texas

Press Office, (202) 401-1576,

Event Date 1: May 02, 2014 02:00 pm - May 02, 2014 04:00 pm

Alexandra Ceja, the executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (WHIEEH), will join San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett, and education leaders at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 2, to discuss strategies to improve educational outcomes for Latino students and the importance of college completion in today’s economy.

Determined to help the country reach the President’s 2020 goal to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world, the Initiative has prioritized college access among Hispanics as a key issue. Recent research indicates that the national Hispanic high school graduation rate is at 76 percent – an all-time high.  Additionally, the dropout rate for Hispanic students has been cut in half over the past decade.

Sam Houston High School is located in San Antonio’s Eastside neighborhood and is one of President Obama’s first “promise zones.”  Announced earlier this year, the Promise Zone Initiative is a partnership between the federal government and local communities to create jobs, expand access to educational opportunities and increase access to affordable housing.

President Obama signed Executive Order 13555 on Oct. 19, 2010, renewing the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. This executive order demonstrates the President’s strong support for the critical role Hispanics play in the overall prosperity of the nation and highlights the administration’s commitment to expanding educational opportunities and improving educational outcomes for all students.

Participants at the Town Hall will be available for press from 3:35 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CT.

Event 1
Who : Alejandra Ceja, executive director, WHIEEH
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro
U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett
Sylvester Perez, superintendent, San Antonio Independent School District
Darnell White, principal, Sam Houston High School
Marcella Bailey, chief information & marketing officer, Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Marie Hughes, College Access & Readiness Programs, Congressional Hispanic Congress Institute
Candy Marshall, president, theDream.US
Anabel Monge, anchor, Univision
Eyra Perez, director, Café College
What : College Access and Affordability Student and Parent Town Hall
When : 2 p.m. CT, Friday, May 2, 2014
Where : Sam Houston High School
4635 E. Houston St.
San Antonio, Texas 78220