Obama Creating African-American Education Office

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is creating a new office to bolster education of African-American students.

The White House says the office will coordinate the work of communities and federal agencies to ensure that African-American youngsters are better prepared for high school, college and career.

Obama announced his election-year initiative Wednesday night in a speech to the civil rights group, the National Urban League, in an effort to rally Black voters. Aides say his executive order, to be signed today, will set a goal of producing “a more effective continuum” of programs for African-American students.