Obama calls for education reform

March 11, 2009 at 1:39 pm Leave a comment

In his first major speech on education since taking office, President Obama called for sweeping reform in our schools to ensure every kid gets a quality education and is prepared to succeed in the 21st century. Many of the reforms he proposes are addressed in the Basic Education Finance Task Force recommendations, such as expanding early education and reforming how we recruit, mentor, and compensate the next generation of teachers. Read the whole White House’s blog entry here and The New York Times’ article on his speech here.

The President’s five pillars of education reform:

1) “Investing in early childhood initiatives” like Head Start;
2) “Encouraging better standards and assessments” by focusing on testing itineraries that better fit our kids and the world they live in;
3) “Recruiting, preparing, and rewarding outstanding teachers” by giving incentives for a new generation of teachers and for new levels of excellence from all of our teachers.
4) “Promoting innovation and excellence in America’s schools” by supporting charter schools, reforming the school calendar and the structure of the school day.

5) “Providing every American with a quality higher education–whether it’s college or technical training.”

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