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Arne Duncan, Secretary Of Education, Held Twitter Town Hall On Hispanic Education (VIDEO)

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Secretary of Education Arne Duncan hosted a Twitter Town Hall on what she termed Hispanic Excellence. Twitter users asked questions in advance and during the forum using the hashtag #HispanicEd to discuss Hispanic education.

The Twitter Town Hall was a direct response to President Obama's State of the Union Address, which touched on critical topics such as college loan debt, high school drop out rates, job training and college affordability.

José Rico, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics joined Duncan during the virtual town hall, which was conducted in English and Spanish. Rico's main responsibility is to help implement President's Obama's efforts to improve academic achievement in the Latino community.

The town hall was moderated by Elianne Ramos and Cheryl Aguilar from LATISM, a nonprofit social media outlet aimed at advancing the social, economic and educational status of the Latino community and the largest organization of Social Media Professionals of Hispanic Origin.

Duncan and Rico made some interesting point and responded to questions such as:

WHI - Hispanics
We need kids to go to college without needing remedial courses. It all starts with early learning programs. ^Rico

Dolores Huerta
Parent involvement is key for students success. How can we get more resourses that focus on parent engagement?

Latino kids still lack access to high quality early learning programs. What is the WH plan to address the school readiness gap?

Latino children who participated in full school-day early education programs improved test scores by 73%

WHI - Hispanics
We are aware of great dual language programs across the country. Learning 2 or more languages is positive for the country ^Rico

Arne Duncan
Our challenge is to double the number of engineer graduates from 120K to 240K over the next decade.