Obama spoke at the National Education Association in Philadelphia on Thursday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Illinois Sen. Barack Obama slammed President Bush's "No Child Left Behind" policy in a speech to the National Education Association in Philadelphia on Thursday, calling it "one of the emptiest slogans in the history of politics."
"For too long, our politics has been stuck in a cycle where we praise our educators in speeches and photo-ops, but then abandon them when it comes time to offer the resources and the support you need to do your jobs," Obama said in prepared remarks.
The Democratic presidential candidate said that, over the next few weeks, he will unveil his plan to reform the country's education system. He promised to increase teachers' wages and further compensate those that mentor children and teach tough subjects like science or math.
"In the face of a global economy where too many children start behind and stay behind, this country doesn’t need more blame or inaction or half-measures on education," Obama said. "What we need is a historic commitment to America’s teachers, and that’s the kind of commitment I intend to make as President."
- CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich