President Obama’s latest executive order, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, did not rouse the same level of controversy his earlier order on immigration did.

But the matter didn’t go off without a hitch, either. For one, the White House’s Facebook post announcing the Initiative originally misspelled “African American,” something pointed out as especially ironic considering the Initiative’s focus on improving education.

But looking beyond the typo, it’s not understood exactly how the Initiative will help African American students improve. One of its more controversial points intends to decrease African American dropout rates “by promoting a positive school climate that does not rely on methods that result in disparate use of disciplinary tools.”

In an article titled ‘Obama backs race-based discipline policies,’ The Daily Caller reported that the Initiative would force school administrators to be more lenient when punishing African American students.

But Briscoe Daren, the Deputy Press Secretary at the Department of Education, argued otherwise.

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