SAN ANTONIO -- The American Latino National Summit kicked off Tuesday in San Antonio with a push for equality in education.
Deputy Secretary Jim Shelton discussed equality in education and he mentioned President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative aimed at helping all young people succeed.
President Barack Obama is shining the light on a stark statistic. About two-thirds of black and one-third of Hispanic children live with only one parent.
Research shows the absence of a father increases the risk of that child dropping out of school.
Earlier this year the president launched the "My Brother's Keeper Task Force" to help young people stay on track and reach their full potential. The program connects young people to mentors, support networks and specialized skills to find a good job or go to college.
"What we're also seeing is that despite that context there are many things that can happen inside of schools and in communities that dramatically improve outcomes," Jim Shelton, U.S. Department of Education, said.
Too many children in America need help accessing basic health, nutrition, and high-quality early education.
Reading early and often is not enough. Shelton said communities need to reduce violence and make classrooms and streets safer.
"A place to live a place to eat and a place to feel safe allows you to then engage in the learning process much more easily and so we can create that both inside and outside the school all of our kids are going to do well," said Shelton.
12 foundations have invested about $200 million in support of the My Brother's Keeper initiative.