February 2012, Vol. 13, No. 1

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News From the Children's Bureau

Executive Order on Native Student Education

In December 2011, the White House issued an Executive Order calling for increased educational opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native students and establishing the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education. Citing recent reports that show increased dropout rates for this population, President Obama called for increased efforts to close the achievement gap. The Initiative will be cochaired by the Secretaries of Education and of the Interior and will focus on providing Native students with more opportunities to learn their Native American languages, cultures, and histories.

The Initiative also will work to better prepare Native students for college and careers through meeting goals including but not limited to:

The Executive Order is available on the White House website:


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