The education gap between majority and minority in the US decreases slowly.
The high school graduation rate of Hispanic students increased by four percentage points between 2011 and 2013, at a rate faster than most Anglo students and other minorities, according to data provided by the Department of Education.
According to statistics, between 2011 and 2013 the total rate of high school graduation increased by 2.4 points to 81.4 percent (%), to stand at its highest level in history.
During that period, the graduation rate of Latinos grew by 4.2 points to 75.2%, while that of African Americans rose 3.7 points to 70.7%.
The graduation rate for white students increased during the same period 2.6% and is the second highest of all demographic groups (86.6%). They are only surpassed by the students of Asian descent (88.7%).
President Barack Obama, after a meeting with school leaders of large cities, highlighted the improvement in rates and promised to fight to secure funding for their education policies.
“Thanks to some reforms we have initiated in partnership with state and local authorities are seeing higher levels of reading, math scores and graduation rates,” Obama said after meeting in the White House, which was also attended by Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.
About those “progress” and improvements in schools that were among the lowest performance, the president said he is “something that is worth fighting for.”
Obama said that Republicans, who control both houses of Congress, are about to present his budget proposal for fiscal year 2016 in response to which he offered last month and warned that it would “no sense” keep funds for education levels established by public spending cuts that took effect in 2013 to combat the deficit, because that would mean, in his view, “go backwards instead of forward.”
The “challenge” to prepare students to compete in this century “is a monumental task that requires resources” of “a budget and a focus at the federal level to say that we care for all children and not only for some “noted the president.
So, Obama debate currently in Congress to renew the law known as “No Child Left Behind” (“No Child Left Behind”) signed by President George W. Bush in 2002 also spoke.
As denounced the White House, a Republican project to renovate the Act and was approved by the Education Committee of the House of Representatives in February you’re looking to cut funding for the poorest school districts with high numbers of Hispanic students and blacks.
In the same vein, the President said that any law must ensure that continue “providing resources to the poorest school districts.”
During his tenure, Obama has taken several steps to try to expand access to education, primarily preschool and university level.
Last week the president signed an executive memorandum to help better manage college student loans, leaving indebted to more than 70% of those licensed with an average figure of $ 28,000.