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Today, President Obama signed an executive order creating the White House Initiative on Improving Education Outcomes for African Americans. Congresswoman Waters' statement regarding the signing of this executive order is below:
Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) held a reception at the Hawthorne Memorial Center to honor the 31 high school students from the 35th Congressional District who submitted art into the 2012 Congressional Art Competition.
Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) released the following statement commending Loyola Marymount University's (LMU) TRiO Upward Bound Program for receiving a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. LMU will use these funds to continue its work helping low-income and first-generation-to-college students graduate from high school and get into college. The Congresswoman's statement is below:
Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) released the following statement commending Co-Op LA's TRiO Upward Bound program for receiving a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Co-Op LA will use these funds to continue its work helping low-income and first-generation-to-college students graduate from high school and get into college. CO-OP is a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive case-managed services to eligible residents in the Greater Los Angeles area. The Congresswoman's statement is below:
Today, three Californian interns from the Washington Center for Internship Placement (TWC) met with Congresswoman Maxine Waters in her Washington, DC office. The interns, who attend California State University- Long Beach and Loyola Marymount University (LMU), spoke with the Congresswoman about their current internship sites and policy issues concerning: public schools, budgetary cuts to education, diversity within her congressional district, and higher education funding.
Today, Congresswoman Waters' sent a letter to the Washington Post Company's CEO, Donald E. Graham, regarding the recent suspension of the Dental Assistant program at their Kaplan College's campus in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Dental Assistant program was suspended following allegations that its officials lied to students about the credentials they'd receive after graduating. As a result of this outcry, students were refunded their full tuition and Kaplan forfeited their license to operate this program on their Charlotte campus. The text of this letter is below:
Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters introduced the "Ensuring Quality Education for Veterans Act," which would protect student veterans from bad actors within the for-profit college industry. The bill would include veterans' benefits under the 90/10 rule of the Higher Education Act of 1965, thereby removing an incentive for unscrupulous actors in the for-profit education industry to exploit the nation's veterans.
Today, a new report from the U.S. Department of Education documents that schools serving low-income students are being shortchanged because school districts across the country are inequitably distributing their state and local funds. The analysis of new data on 2008-09 school-level expenditures shows that many high-poverty schools receive less than their fair share of state and local funding, leaving students in high-poverty schools with fewer resources than schools attended by their wealthier peers. Below is Congresswoman Waters' statement regarding the report's findings:
Washington – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) issued the following statement upon the passing of her former colleague and friend, Sen. Teresa Hughes:
"I am saddened to learn of the passing of former California State Senator Teresa Hughes.
Teresa Hughes was a close friend and colleague. We both served in the California State Assembly in the 1970s and 1980s. When Teresa was elected to the State Senate she represented the 25th District which included many of the same cities and communities in my Congressional District.