Look and Listen: 10 Reasons Why We Can’t Afford to Cut Education Funding

Cross-posted from The White House Blog. As you might have seen, House Republicans released their Fiscal Year 2016 budget this week — and to put it very simply, its priorities are pretty different from those in the President’s budget. The House GOP would cut taxes for millionaires and billionaires, all while slashing investments in the middle

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It’s Past Time to Move Beyond No Child Left Behind: Addressing America’s Teachers and Principals

For more than a decade, states and schools throughout this country have worked within the narrow confines of the No Child Left Behind law. It’s long past time to move past that law, and replace it with one that expands opportunity, increases flexibility and gives schools and educators more of the resources they need. Today,

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Expanding Opportunity for Every American: Education and the State of the Union

“I want our actions to tell every child, in every neighborhood: your life matters; and we are as committed to improving your life chances as we are for our own kids.” – President Barack Obama On Tuesday, President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address. The President’s speech reflected his strong belief that

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Opportunity Is Not Optional: Secretary Duncan’s Vision for America’s Landmark Education Law

Secretary Arne Duncan laid out a sweeping vision for the nation’s landmark education law, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in a speech today at Seaton Elementary School in Washington, D.C. On the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the ESEA bill, he called for a new law that will work to ensure strong

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President Obama Announces the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge

Reposted from the White House Blog. In February of this year, President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative to ensure that all youth, including boys and young men of color, have opportunities to improve their life outcomes and overcome barriers to success. The initiative aims to bring together government, law enforcement, business, non-profit,

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Behind Progress, Common Sense and Courage

This op-ed appeared in the January 23, 2014 edition of the Washington Post. In education, it sometimes takes courage to do what ought to be common sense. That’s a key lesson from several recent national and international assessments of U.S. education. These include the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as the nation’s report card; a

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Meeting with Mothers and Advocates for Our Children

Cross-posted from the White House Blog. During his State of the Union address in February, President Obama called on Congress to expand access to high-quality preschool to every four-year old in America. As the President put it that day: In states that make it a priority to educate our youngest children, like Georgia or Oklahoma, studies show

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