President Barack Obama to Improve Educational Achievement for African Americans with New Program

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President Obama will target African American students with a mission to improve the education achievement gap, 4UMF reports.

Obama mentioned his plans during a speech in New Orleans, LA with the National Urban League. The president reportedly said the new initiative would be housed in the Education Department.

Obama’s new initiative will work with the Executive Office and other Cabinet agencies to identify practices that will improve African Americans’ achievement in schools and colleges, according to 4UMF.

Communities and federal agencies will collaborate to ensure black students are better prepared for high school, college and career.

Addressing a majority African-American crowd of 3,700 attendees, the president said, “If you still believe in me, stand with me,” according to 4UMF.

The dropout rate for African American students ages 16 to 25 percent in 2010, whereas white students in the same age range had a 5.1 percent rate, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

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