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Obama on Education

Amid everything else that's going on, I'm not really sure where President Obama is getting time to receive briefings on education reform and begin pushing "Race to the Top," the $4.35 billion program to provide grants to encourage states to fund innovative educational programs. But the president appears to have more hours in the day than I do, because he's doing exactly that, as you can see in this interview he gave to The Washington Post's Michael Shear and Nick Anderson.

By Ezra Klein  |  July 24, 2009; 5:30 PM ET
Categories:  Education  
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Like voucher programs? Oh wait, he doesn't like ideas that unions disagree with. His political career is much more important than education. It's just a game to him.

It's not like you need to be educated to work for a union anyway.

Posted by: fallsmeadjc | July 24, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

National exams now! (Seriously)

I hope Obama doesn't continue to fall into the anti-public school trap represented by NCLB. By not considering longitudinal data, the school is being punished for the quality of the students it receives, not the quality of the education it provides.

At school A, 50% of kindergartners enter with an understanding of phonics and basic reading skills. At school B, 0% enter with those skills and 25% have never been read a book. We're now going to judge school A & B on the same scale and whine when the scores for B come out lower.

School B isn't failing, the kids just don't have a "head start".

Closing the achievement gap is not the kind of goal that can be achieved by schools. All we can ask schools to do is to move each child forward as fast as they are capable of moving.

Posted by: staticvars | July 26, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

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