|President Obama smiles at Javier Garcia of Brownsville, Texas during yesterday's signing of the Initiative on Eduation Excellence for Hispanics. WH Photo/Samantha Appleton.|
Reports indicate Hispanic students face educational challenges of crisis proportions. Fewer than half of all Hispanic children participate in early childhood education programs, and far too few Hispanic students graduate from high school; of those who do complete high school, many are not adequately prepared for college. Only 13 percent of adult Hispanics have a bachelor’s degree, and just 4 percent have completed graduate or professional degree programs.