January 19th, 2010
08:48 AM ET
8 years ago

Obama to detail education initiative

(CNN) - The White House announced President Obama is set to detail his plans later Tuesday for his education initiative “Race to the Top."

The president is expected to make remarks at 10:25 a.m. ET live from Graham Elementary School in Fairfax County, Virginia.

White House statement after the jump:

President Obama to Announce Plans for “Race to the Top” Expansion
As first deadline approaches for Challenge applications, President announces $1.35 billion in 2011 budget committed to reforming and strengthening America’s public schools

WASHINGTON, DC - President Obama will visit Graham Road Elementary tomorrow in Fairfax County where he will announce his plans to continue the Race to the Top challenge, requesting $1.35 billion for the program in his FY 2011 budget.

As the first deadline approaches for states to apply for the challenge, the President’s plan will support further incentives for states to revise, strengthen and implement their plans for education reform in order to qualify for an award under the program. This plan will also invigorate district-level reform by expanding the Race to the Top beyond just states but to school districts ready to embark on system-wide improvement of their educations policies and practices.

The continuation of the Race to the Top, which is one of the largest investments in education reform in history, is just one part of a larger education reform agenda that the Administration will unveil in the coming weeks, including continuation of the Race to the Top’s companion program, the Invest in Innovation Fund.

“We want to challenge everyone - parents, teachers, school administrators - to raise standards, by having the best teachers and principals, by tying student achievement to assessments of teachers, by making sure that there's a focus on low-performing schools, by making sure our students are prepared for success in a competitive 21st century economy and workplace,” said President Obama.

“This competition has generated an overwhelming response from over 30 states in just the first round of funding. By continuing, we have an opportunity to create incentives for far-reaching improvement in our nation's schools,” said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

The Race to the Top emphasizes the following reform areas:

• Designing and implementing rigorous standards and high-quality assessments, by encouraging states to work jointly toward a system of common academic standards that builds toward college and career readiness, and that includes improved assessments designed to measure critical knowledge and higher-order thinking skills.

• Attracting and keeping great teachers and leaders in America’s classrooms, by expanding effective support to teachers and principals; reforming and improving teacher preparation; revising teacher evaluation, compensation, and retention policies to encourage and reward effectiveness and increase the number of effective teachers in our schools; and ensuring that our most talented teachers are placed in the schools and subjects where they are needed the most.

• Using data to inform decisions and improve instruction, by fully implementing a statewide longitudinal data system, training and supporting educators to use data to improve instruction, and making information more accessible to parents, teachers and other key stakeholders.

• Using innovation and effective approaches to turn-around struggling schools, by asking states to prioritize and transform persistently low-performing schools.

• Demonstrating and sustaining education reform, by promoting collaborations among business leaders, educators, and other stakeholders to raise student achievement and close achievement gaps, and by expanding support for high-performing public charter schools, reinvigorating math and science education, and promoting other conditions favorable to innovation and reform.

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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Dan, TX

    Thank you President Obama for focusing on the important issues.

    January 19, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. Ihave2mastersdegreesfromwahwahusothatmakesmeasmarmyelitist

    Over half of our local and state taxes already go to support "education" which seems to be totally controlled by the NEA and going downhill fast. Now, Obozo is going to give more to the NEA. Where has our past tax money gone. Is there no accountability when it comes to this. How come so many of our children come out of high school so dumb that they only vote democratic if they vote at all? The NEA and the liberals have turned our education system in to another vote getting machine for themselves and they are spending our tax money to do it. Once again, they fight against supporting common sense approaches and spending education money in other areas than paying the NEA members not to do their jobs.

    January 19, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. Scott, Tucson

    And this is why obama is failing folks...he can't stick to fixing one or two things first before tackling something new. He's a juggler with far too many balls in the air. Number one on his to do list should be fixing this economy instead of tearing it down.

    January 19, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  4. scott meek

    They need to put the community back into the schools. The surest way to a good performing student is an involved parent and a community that revolves around the school.

    January 19, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. JGB

    Details.............millions and millions more thrown at the Teachers Union. More money we DON'T have. Money will go to administration costs!

    January 19, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. db

    Another new "initiative"? Oh please!

    January 19, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. Scott, Tucson

    obama wants to spend yet another 1.35 billion of taxpayer dollars and the democrats wonder why Coakley is losing her senate race today?
    obama can fund his little education plan by taxing any and all register democrats and leave the rest of us alone. Since you wanted this 'Change' of his, you can cough up the big bucks that your boy wants to spend on all his feel good social programs.

    January 19, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. obama the liar

    the treasury is ready to print more of that obama money.

    January 19, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but....

    No!!!! We don't need an educated populace. How on earth can rampaging global capitalism steal our money and control our lives if we get wise to their shennanigans? Have a nice day, consumerbots!

    January 19, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. Fnord-a-saurus Rex

    how will the republicans spin this one?
    I know it didnt mention this in the article, but Obama is trying to brainwash your kids by teaching them Math, and Science. How dare he teach our kids evolution!!!!!
    We have to make sure our kids know that Jesus defeated the non belivers while riding on the back of a T-rex.
    Down with all that fancy book learning!!!

    January 19, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  11. state government

    Hopefully he will say, "keep it local." The one size fits all doesn't work.

    Maybe some states can reintroduce vouchers to be used in areas that really need them (DC, NY,...).

    January 19, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. Bob in Pa

    Maybe he can reform education like they are doing in the Berkeley Ca. School district. You know, “dumbing” down the curriculum by removing science class offerings and replacing them with "Social Justice" classes where being right is just an opinion.

    January 19, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  13. Lorraine, USA

    I am all for upgrading our educational standards, and I would also urge that you include standards on teaching about our environment, wild life habitat, eating healthy...you know, all the things that parents are not teaching their children today.

    As far as the structure of schools, we also do not need a "Superintendent" for every school in America. It's just another way that we are wasting taxpayer dollars. If you are going to upgrade education, cover all the aspects of it and stoop wasting money.

    January 19, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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