Colombian singer Shakira has been appointed to a presidential commission on education for Hispanics, President Obama announced her new post on Wednesday.
The move isn’t just a celebrity endorsement, Shakira has been involved in early childhood education in Latin America for years and she endorsed President Obama during his 2008 presidential campaign.
Also appointed to the same post is Nancy Navarro, the only Hispanic member of the Montgomery County Council and a former Montgomery Board of Education president.
The Washington Post also names Adrián A. Pedroza as a new member of the commission:
“[Adrián is an] executive director of the Partnership for Community Action, a grassroots, community-based organization that works to build community leadership around issues of immigration, education reform, and public health, and Kent P. Scribner, superintendent of Union High School District #210 in Phoenix, Arizona.”
Shakira and the other advisers work with Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan on educational success issues for Hispanic students.
The post includes advising about 11 million Hispanic students in America’s elementary and secondary schools, a number equal to more than 22 percent of all pre-K-12 students.
Do you think appointing celebrity figureheads is a smart move for the administration or should President Obama have went another direction.