On July 26, 2012, President Obama launched his official White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans. The program is designed to help children of color succeed in education and life in general. Obama’s point person for the program is Executive Director David Johns.
The Initiative aims to ensure that all African-American students receive an education that fully prepares them for high school graduation, college completion and productive careers.
This is a major part of the President’s goal for the United States to have the highest proportion of college graduates worldwide by 2020. In addition to the Education Initiative, the President’s “My Brother’s Keeper” program wants to assist young black and Latino achieve their educational goals by providing additional funding to existing programs. Obama’s first education summit will begin this month at Morehouse College in Atlanta.
As part of the program, he plans to increase the number of African-American teachers, especially males, as well as the number of African-American children enrolled in quality childcare and pre-school programs.
According to the White House’s website, the Initiative on Education Excellence plans to:
• Increase the percentage of African-American children who enter kindergarten ready for success by improving access to high-quality early learning and development programs;
• Ensure that all African-American students have access to high-level, rigorous course work and support services that will prepare them for college, a career, and civic participation;
• Provide African-American students with equitable access to effective teachers and principals in pursuit of a high-quality education, and support efforts to improve the recruitment, preparation, development, and retention of successful African-American teachers and principals;