Obama appoints panel to address issues relating to Hispanic education

Obama appoints panel to address issues relating to Hispanic education
Obama appoints panel to address issues relating to Hispanic education

The federal government has appointed a panel to investigate ways to promote education among the country's growing Hispanic population, reports the Seattle Times.

According to the Pew Hispanic Center, Latinos are responsible for much of the nation's population growth. In the 2010 census, growth among this demographic accounted for 56 percent of the increase in the U.S. population between 2000 and 2010.

Although this group is seeing its numbers rise rapidly, it has fallen behind other populations in terms of education. Hispanics in the U.S. are less likely to complete high school or earn a college degree than other demographics, says the news source.

To address this problem, President Obama appointed a 15-person panel to examine ways to help ensure that more Latinos complete their educations.

"The future educational attainment of these families is indispensable to the economic growth, acquisition of job skills and global competitiveness of our entire country," said Luis R. Fraga, a member of the panel as well as associate vice provost for faculty advancement and professor of political science at the University of Washington.

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