CORBITT REPORT: Obama Administration to Use State’s $2 Billion for ‘Race to the Top’
Posted On July 5, 2021
The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights will be using $2 billion from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Civilian National Guard Program to create “Race to The Top,” a federal initiative that will recruit and train nearly 100,000 black and Latino veterans over the next five years, the Department announced Wednesday.
“Race to Top” will be an effort to create more “tough, smart, and resilient leaders” to lead minority communities in the future, according to the department.
The program will involve $25 million in funding, which the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ACR) has appropriated.
The Department has already been working with African-American communities, particularly in communities of color, to recruit and develop young people for the program.
“This funding will provide critical resources to assist our nation’s civil service and our nation at large in the hiring and development of black and Hispanic veterans to serve in the military,” Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said in a statement.
The Office of Chief Human Capital Officer, a separate office created under the Civilian Federal Employees Program, will also be responsible for the creation of “Race To The Top.”
“We know that we must hire more talented black and minority leaders, and we know that this funding will be a key part of that effort,” DeVos said.
“In addition to recruiting and training young people to serve, this program will help to increase the number of qualified black and Latinx men, women, and children who can find employment in our nation.
We look forward to working with our Federal, state, and local partners to build on these efforts,” the statement added.
President Donald Trump announced the hiring of a “Veterans’ Advisory Committee” in January to “study how we can improve the recruiting, retention, and training of qualified veterans,” according to a press release issued by the Department.
The Advisory Committee will report back to the White House on the next steps the federal government will take to improve the recruitment, retention and training efforts of veterans.