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White House point man on Hispanic education talks about dropout issue
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As director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, Juan Sepúlveda is charged with finding ways to reverse decades of low graduation and college-going rates. It’s a big job -- 40 percent of Hispanics aren’t completing high school in some regions of the country. Sepulveda says another challenge is getting an accurate count of how many Hispanic students are actually dropping out across the country. This Q&A with Sepúlveda provides insights into how the Obama Administration is approaching the Latino education crisis.