President Obama and Mitt Romney to Speak at 2012 Education Nation Summit

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President Obama and Mitt Romney to Speak at 2012 Education Nation Summit

Education is a hot topic in the 2012 presidential election. Debates between President Obama and Governor Romney are ongoing and quite heated as the two butt heads on the issue. But before the candidates can implement their respective strategies, they’ll be sharing their views on the U.S. education system at the Education Nation Summit next week.

With a growing number of students and families concerned about America’s future educational system, it’s an issue on high alert for most voters. The annual Education Nation Summit will be held September 23-25 at The New York Public Library.

As reported by MediaBistro, Condoleeza Rice and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will take part in the event, during which a taped interview with President Obama will be presented. The president and his opponent Mitt Romney will also appear in person later in the summit to discuss their views on education and answer questions from summit attendees.

Both presidential candidates will cover such issues as unemployment, educational challenges, and ever-rising college tuition costs.

The opening early session of the Education Summit will begin with NBC News correspondent Tom Brokaw, and followed by an address from New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. Read the rest of this entry »

White House Aims to Revamp No Child Left Behind Law

A goal has been set to revamp the No Child Left Behind law prior to when students start their school year this fall by the Obama administration. This timeframe is likely to interfere with the priorities of congressional Republicans. The administration believes that the law needs to be more flexible and reduce Washington’s role in setting educational standards in some cases. The focus right now for GOP lawmakers is jobs and the state of the economy. This means that the White House will have to persuade GOP lawmakers to move the No Child Left Behind Law up on their priority list. President Obama has made it known that he believes reforming the law this year is a key priority. The president wants the law redefined so that it focuses more on responsibility, reform and results.

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Obama Asks for $4.5 Billion Increase in Education Spending

President Barack Obama and Secritary of Education Arne DuncanAs part of the 2012 budget proposal, President Obama is asking for $77.4 billion for  education spending, an increase of $4.5 billion over last year. The funds will go towards teacher training in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math), and towards re-writing the No Child Left Behind bill.

Eighty million dollars will go towards recruiting new teachers in the STEM areas. “Engineering and math, critical thinking, problem solving–these are the kinds of subjects and skills that our kids need to achieve success in the 21st century,” said Obama of the proposal. He is also asking for $900 million for Race to the Top.

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War Fund Bill May Not Save Teachers After All

education-funding-may-be-cutDemocrats in the Senate the senate say that the House-approved war-funding bill must cut education funds for the bill to pass, reports CNN. The money includes $5 billion for Pell Grants and $10 billion to prevent teacher lay-offs. Republicans have criticized the later provision as “giveaway” to teacher’s unions.

There’s a push to pass the important bill before the August recess. The Obama Administration does not oppose the education in the war spending bill, but does object to its stipulation that funding be cut from the Race to the Top education program.

Senate Democrats do not have the 60 votes needed to overcome a likely filibuster, are considering scheduling the vote for later this week in order to pressure the House. “The House doesn’t have a choice but to pass the clean Senate bill,” a Senate aide said. “There is no other alternative.”

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Race to the Top Faces Budget Cut

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Race to the Top Program Faces Budget Cut

race to the topHouse Democrats are threatening to cut $500 million from Obama’s education program Race to the Top, reports The Washington Post. Although the White House says it will veto, Rep. David R. Obey (D-Wis.), chairman of the Appropriations Committee, said the cut is necessary to free up money for a new $10 billion fund to help save more than 100,000 state and municipal education jobs. The House approved the war-funding bill late Thursday,  including another $5 billion for Pell grants for college students in need. The administration supports the $15 billion total in education spending but opposes the provision to cut spending on Race to the Top. Read the rest of this entry »

President Obama to Improve National Education Levels

obama educationIn his weekly address on March 13, 2010, President Obama said he plans on overhauling the education system and the No Child Left Behind program. President Obama said he intends to send a new blueprint for national education to Congress this week that will “improve schools, support teachers and set standards that will give high school graduates ‘the best chance to succeed in a changing world.’”

President Obama said this redraft was necessary to combat the trend of lowering education standards in America. He pointed to the past few decades as an example of how American students are not as competitive as foreign students.

“Unless we step up, unless we take action, there are countless children who will never realize their full talent and potential,” President Obama said during his weekly address. Read the rest of this entry »

President Obama to End Summer Vacation

obama at schoolPresident Obama’s health care program may not be popular among certain Americans, but his desire to eliminate summer vacation will render him an easy target among all American school children.

Earlier this year we reported that President Obama proposed longer school days, and recent buzz indicates he’s still at it. The President wants American children to be better prepared to compete with children worldwide who spend on average 30 percent more time in school than American kids. Along with his Education Secretary Arne Duncan, President Obama believes that the current American academic calendar year is antiquated and was created when the country was primarily an agrarian culture; but since very few families toil in the fields all day, the Obama Administration is on a quest to develop the minds of American children by extending their time in school in order to keep them on par with the minds of millions of children around the globe. Read the rest of this entry »

Read President Obama’s Back to School Speech on Education

barack obamaTuesday, September 8, President Obama will address the nation’s school children. Obama is a consummate proponent of education, proving himself the benefits that a dedicated education can offer. During his candidacy and continued as president, Obama has urged students, parents and educators alike to make their education a priority, as it’s a person’s only true opportunity for advancement and keeps the next generation of Americans competitive in a growing world economy.

While there appears to be nothing wrong with these motives – encourage students to think, try hard, and study – some parents are outraged at Obama and his speech. During a segment on Friday’s Anderson Cooper 360, some parents being interviewed were moved to crying as they talked how this speech invades their rights as parents and that it is nothing more than the President pushing his agenda on children. The speech is being shown by schools nationwide on Tuesday, and many parents across the country have every intention to keep their children home.

The speech, in its entirety, was made available today at, as a preemptive measure to ease worried parents’ minds and let the public see exactly what it is he is discussing.

Early in the speech he reminds students that he has urged educators, parents, and the government to take responsibility for ensuring our nation’s youth has the best educational opportunities and tools available to them. Then he explains the purpose of this speech.

“But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world – and none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities. Unless you show up to those schools; pay attention to those teachers; listen to your parents, grandparents and other adults; and put in the hard work it takes to succeed. And that’s what I want to focus on today: the responsibility each of you has for your education. I want to start with the responsibility you have to yourself.”

We want to hear from you? Why is this speech striking such a negative chord? Why shouldn’t students hear from the country’s president and hear his encouragement? And what lesson are parents teaching their children, or should they be teaching them, if they decide to keep them home from school? Please leave your comment below, and continue reading to see Obama’s speech in its entirety.

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Obama Makes Community Colleges a Budget Priority

president obamaBy now it’s completely clear that President Obama makes education a high priority. Right along with jobs. So it should come as no surprise that Obama has proposed a plan that could benefit both of those efforts. His proposal is for the feds to spend $12 billion during the next 10 years in community colleges, focusing on:

  • Modernizing community college facilities
  • Increasing quality online courses, including making those free to the public
  • Improving program completion rate

Colleges most interested in “trying something new,” according to James Kvaal, the president’s special assistant for economic policy, will get the bulk of the money. About $9 billion has been marked for “encouraging two-year colleges to experiment with strategies to create and improve programs that prepare students for good jobs,” according to an article at USA Today. Read the rest of this entry »

Is This the End of Remedial College Classes?

This is one of the remedial classes that Martin takes at her college.

This is one of the remedial classes that Martin takes at her college.

Nobody really wants to take remedial classes, which are a prerequisite for higher level courses, but do not count for college credit. Think of it like a fifth year of high school, except that they cost the same as a class that does earn credit, usually around $300-$600 per class.

Bethany Martin, a freshman at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, was surprised when she enrolled and was told she needed to retake classes she had studied in high school. Most blame the need for remedial courses on a disconnect between what is expected from high school and college students. Read the rest of this entry »


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