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RISE Colorado is excited to be kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month by being recognized by The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. We are honored to be named one of the Initiative's Bright Spots in Hispanic Education in the first ever Bright Spots National Online Catalog that includes over 230 programs across the country that invest in key education priorities for Latinos. 
 
Alejandra Ceja, Executive Director of the Initiative, made the announcement on September 15, 2015 at the launch of Hispanic Heritage Month and in honor of the Initiative’s 25th anniversary in Washington, D.C. The Initiative seeks to leverage the Bright Spots to encourage collaboration between stakeholders focused on similar issues in sharing data-driven approaches, promising practices, peer advice, and effective partnerships, ultimately resulting in increased support for the educational attainment of the Latino community, from cradle-to-career. As Ceja shared, “There has been notable progress in Hispanic educational achievement, and it is due to the efforts of these Bright Spots in Hispanic Education, programs and organizations working throughout the country to help Hispanic students reach their full potential."
 
The Initiative was established in 1990 to address the educational disparities faced by the Latino community. Given our work in Aurora Public Schools, the most diverse school district in Colorado, where over 55% of students identify as Latino, we are thrilled to be part of this group of organizations working to close the opportunity gap for Latino students. To learn more about the Initiative and to view the organizations named to the Bright Spots in Hispanic Education National Online catalog along with RISE Colorado visit www.ed.gov/HispanicInitiative.
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