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Executive Order: Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans No. 12900, 59 Fed. Reg. 9061 (Issued 2/22/94)

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to advance the development of human potential, to strengthen the Nation's capacity to provide high-quality education, and to increase opportunities for Hispanic Americans to participate in and benefit from Federal education programs, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. There shall be established in the Department ofEducation the President's Advisory Commission on EducationalExcellence- for Hispanic Americans (Commission). The Commissionshall consist of not more than 25 members, who shall be appointedby the President and shall report to the Secretary of Education(Secretary). The Commission shall comprise representatives who:

  1. Have a history of involvement with the Hispanic community;
  2. Are from the education. civil rights, and business communities;
  3. Are from civic associations representing thediversity within the Hispanic community. In addition, the President may appoint other representatives as he deems appropriate.

Section 2. The Commission shall provide advice to the President and the Secretary on:

  1. The progress of Hispanic Americans toward achievement of the National Education Goals and other standards of educational accomplishment;
  2. The development, monitoring, and coordination of Federal efforts to promote high-quality education for Hispanic Americans;
  3. Ways to increase State, private sector, and community involvement in improving education;
  4. Ways to expand and complement Federal education initiatives. The Commission' shall provide advice to the President through the Secretary.

Section 3. There shall be established in the Department of Education the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans (Initiative). The Initiative shall be an interagencyworking group coordinated by the Department of Education andshall be headed by a Director, who shall be a senior levelFederal official. It shall provide the staff, resources, andassistance for the Commission and shall serve the Secretary incarrying out his or her responsibilities, under this order. TheInitiative is authorized to utilize the services, personnel,information, and facilities of other Federal, State, and localagencies with their consent, and with or without reimbursement,consistent with applicable law. To the extent permitted by lawand regulations, each Federal agency shall cooperate in providingresources, including personnel detailed to the Initiative, tomeet the objectives of this order. The Initiative shall includeboth career civil service and appointed staff with expertise inthe area of education, and shall provide advice to the Secretaryon the implementation and coordination of education and relatedprograms across Executive agencies.

Section 4. Each Executive department and each agency designated bythe Secretary shall appoint a senior official, who is a full-timeofficer of the Federal Government and responsible for managementor program administration, to report directly to the agency headon activity under this Executive order and to serve as liaison tothe Commission and the Initiative. To the extent permitted by lawand to the extent practicable, each Executive department anddesignated agency shall provide any appropriate informationrequested by the Commission or the staff of the Initiative,including data relating to the eligibility for and participationby Hispanic Americans in Federal education programs and theprogress of Hispanic Americans in relation to the NationalEducat

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