White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics to Announce President's Advisory Commission Members Thursday

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WASHINGTON – More than a dozen new members of the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics will be announced at the White House and sworn-in at an official ceremony with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor at the Smithsonian Castle on Thursday. The Commission works to improve academic excellence and opportunities by providing advice to President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

Hispanic success in education and the labor market is important to America's economy. Hispanics are the largest minority group in the public education system with more than 1 in 5 students in the country's elementary, middle and high schools, but have the lowest education attainment level overall, according to a recent report by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

The meeting will also be streamed LIVE on the Internet on http://www.whitehouse.gov/live.

**NOTE: Space is limited. Media representatives interested in covering the President's Advisory Commission events must pre-credential by emailing their name, title, organization, to [email protected] by 9 a.m. ET on Wednesday, May 25. State- or federal-issued identification and media accreditation are required to gain access. For media who do not hold permanent White House press passes seeking to cover the event at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House, you must also provide full name, social security number, date of birth, gender, country of citizenship, city/state of birth, and city/state of residence. **