On the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans

Earlier this week, at the Urban League’s annual convention, President Barack Obama announced a special program designed to improve the education achievement of black students. The initiative is a little vague, however.

According to a piece by Kristen Welker at NBC News:

The president told the largely African American crowd of roughly 3,700 people that the executive order will seek to improve educational achievement for African Americans at all levels “so every child has greater access to a complete and competitive education from the time they’re born to the time, all through the time they get a career” the president said to cheers.

The official added that the initiative would be housed in the Education Department, which will work with the Executive Office and other Cabinet agencies to identify practices that will improve African Americans’ achievement in schools and colleges. The administration official did not yet know how much funding the program would receive but said more information would be released Thursday when the president signs the executive order.

This comes as Obama, nearing a close race with Mitt Romney, is eager to shore up black support. What the initiative will actually do, however, remains a little unclear.

Are there really any practices that will improve African Americans’ achievement in schools and colleges exclusively?

Wouldn’t any practices that improve African Americans’ achievement in schools and colleges also work pretty effectively with all other students?

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer