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Arne Duncan And Juan Sepulveda Responded To Hispanic Education Questions At Virtual Town Hall

Arne Duncan Hispanic Education Town Hall

First Posted: 10/03/11 01:23 PM ET Updated: 12/03/11 05:12 AM ET

VIRTUAL TOWN HALL, LIVE VIDEO STREAM
OCTOBER 3, 2011
FROM 2:30PM ET TO 3:30PM ET

The Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, engaged with the Latino community through a virtual town hall to kick off a week-long focus on Hispanic education as a part of the Obama Administration’s Hispanic Heritage Month. The town hall was moderated by Juan Sepulveda, the executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

Secretary Duncan and Mr. Sepulveda responded to questions about the state of Latino education and the Administration’s initiatives to improve access to education for Hispanic students.

Voters had a chance to hear what the Administration's education leadership has to say about the DREAM Act, bilingual education, teacher pay inequality, keeping Latinos in school through college graduation, and much more.

The town hall was webcast live and accompanied by a Live Blog (below).

HuffPost LatinoVoices users were able to participate in the virtual town hall by:
  • Asking questions in advance and during the forum via Twitter and using the hashtag #HispanicED
  • Leaving a comment on this very page


live blog

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@ HispanicEd : JuanSepulveda: Thank you everyone for participating. We will try to address any remaining questions. Special thanks to LATISM.#HispanicEd

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@ MagRivera : @HispanicEd @ArneDuncan Excellent Town Hall covered alot of good education topics...Thank you! #hispaniced #latism

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@ AngryLatino : Congratulations #Latism I think We did a great job in bringing to light our concerns across the spectrum. Thank you #HispanicEd #LATISM

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@ Latism_CFL : Loved their sign-off: "Keep Tweeting!" <<We will ;) #LATISM #HispanicEd

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@ ergeekgoddess : They just gave a shoutout to #latism!!! WEPA!! #HispanicED

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LATISM... incredible partners...

Keep tweeting!

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@ HispanicEd : JuanSepulveda: Yes. The only way we are going to solve these issues is to ensure that everyone takes responsibility.#HispanicEd

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@ reynaldomacias : RT @ergeekgoddess: We got so many Qs for this Town Hall! @ArneDuncan & @HispanicEd will answer it on a #LaTISM blog post #HispanicEd

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@ HispanicEd : JuanSepulveda: Pell grants increased to $5550. President has been incredibly supportive of increase.#HispanicEd

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We saved 68 billion over the next 7 years. Savings will go to pay for other programs that are all moving forward and will increase the amount of loans available.

Making college affordable is a continuing conversation. We are making sure that all of our working and middle class have access to college.

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@ HispanicEd : JuanSepulveda: The communities that are doing the best have different models and versions of what schools look like. #HispanicEd

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The communities doing best are the ones with a number of different versions that work. Not every model works for everyone. That creativity is going to be key

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@ HispanicEd : JuanSepulveda: There has been increased dollars and resources to address the needs of students with disabilities.#HispanicEd

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@ HispanicEd : JuanSepulveda: Dr. Rosalinda Barrera, Director of OELA, is dedicated to ELLS and the White House Initiative have worked with her.#HispanicEd

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@ SOYLAMAR : Good question!! RT @Laurita86: How about #Latinos w/ a #disability: how are you helping those who learn differently? #LATISM #HispanicEd

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@ HispanicEd : JuanSepulveda: Innovation and creativity has to be at the forefront in our ed system. Khan Academy is a great example. #HispanicEd

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@ HildaRamirez1 : "JuanSepulveda: Starting in 2014, no more than 10% of income will used to pay back loans if you decide to be teacher.#HispanicEd" Good start

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@ reynaldomacias : People understand the financial system of #education. We simply can't afford it. @HispanicEd @ergeekgoddess #HispanicEd #latism

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@ HispanicEd : JuanSepulveda: After ten years, then loan becomes a grant if you stay in teacher profession, for example.#HispanicEd

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@ Latism_DAL : "JuanSepulveda: We've had regional summits in Orlando & Las Vegas. We want to increase community action. #HispanicEd" #LATISM #Chapters

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@ HispanicEd : JuanSepulveda: We have had regional summits in Orlando and Las Vegas. We want to increase community action items. #HispanicEd

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@ NCLR : RT @hispaniced: JuanSepulveda: We are holding community action summits throughout the country. #HispanicEd #LATISM #education

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@ MagRivera : Glad to hear @ArneDuncan talk on rural communities @HITN reaching them thru our Ready to Learn initiative Project LAMP #HispanicED #Latism

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@ HispanicEd : JuanSepulveda: We need to ensure that students do not get stuck in system. We want to ensure that students go on to four year.#HispanicEd

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@ ergeekgoddess : “@HispanicEd: JuanSepulveda: Under the law, all students have the right to attend public elementary /secondary schools.#HispanicEd” #latism

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@ HispanicEd : JuanSepulveda: Department and Dept. of Justice issued Dear Colleague letter on this matter in May 6, 2011.#HispanicEd

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@ HispanicEd : JuanSepulveda: Under the law, all students have the right to attend public elementary and secondary schools.#HispanicEd

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@ HispanicEd : JuanSepulveda: We need to help parents understand and learn the process about the higher education system.#HispanicEd

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@ YAREL_RAMOS : The KEY to Latino empowerment is EDUCATION. #cradeltocareer #ArneDuncan #HispanicEd @mun2

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Make sure parents know the schools are open. Show up to the PTA meetings. We have seen schools letting the parents come whenever they can.

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