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Obama to issue executive order creating African American education initiative [Updated]

President Obama is set to announce a new African American education initiative aimed at increasing academic achievement for Black students.

In a statement to the press, White House officials say that the initiative will work  “to identify evidence-based practices to improve African American students’ achievement in school and college. It will also work “to develop a national network of individuals, organizations, and communities that will share and implement these practices.”

Presidents George H.W Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush have all used their executive power to extend the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans.  The President will sign the order in to law on Thursday.

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Update

Video of the speech where President Obama announced the initiative has been released. Start at the 16 minute and 10 second mark.

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