Washington (CNN) – For students wondering how they’ll pay for college, First Lady Michelle Obama has a bit of advice: applying for federal student aid is easy and worth it.
“That’s my message for you and for students across the country. Fill out those forms,” Mrs. Obama said. “Don’t leave money on the table.”
Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton gave a full-throated endorsement of early childhood education on Tuesday, including crediting New York Mayor Bill De Blasio – a Clinton confidant – for his efforts to make universal pre-kindergarten the law in America's biggest city.
The former Secretary of State's remarks came as part of an event that brought Too Small to Fail, a childhood development project Clinton launched last year, into a partnership with Univision, the Spanish speaking television network.
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Adelphi, Maryland (CNN) - Nine-figure commitments from America’s leading technology and telecommunications firms will help U.S. students compete with their counterparts in nations with more technologically advanced schools, President Barack Obama said on Tuesday.
The commitments from Verizon, Sprint and other major companies come in the form of services and devices, including $100 million worth of iPads and laptop computers from Apple Inc., the California-based tech giant.
Washington (CNN) - Getting high-speed internet into more of America’s classrooms is President Obama’s next priority, his chief of staff said Sunday, as Republicans continued to question the White House’s tactic of bypassing Congress by using executive actions.
The initiative, which involved securing hundreds of millions of dollars from private telecom and technology firms, will be announced at an event Tuesday. It comes as the Federal Communications Commission also redoubles its efforts to connect American students to high-speed internet.
(CNN)– Fresh back from her extended holiday in Hawaii, Michelle Obama turned her attention to education in underserved communities Wednesday.
The first lady hosted a group of approximately 60 “'education stakeholders” for a White House screening of the film “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete.” The film, which is described as "a coming of age story about two inner-city youth who are left to fend for themselves in the Bronx," was produced by singer-songwriter Alicia Keys.
Watch CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" at 4 p.m. ET for more of our interview with actor Matt Damon.
(CNN) - Actor Matt Damon has spoken out about teachers' unions and public schools, rallying teachers at a march in Washington in 2011 decrying the widespread use of standardized testing to judge how well teachers, students and schools are performing. At that event, he also challenged a reporter who questioned a teacher's incentive to put in work on the job, and went after a cameraman who proposed that 10 percent of teachers are bad.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Actress Jennifer Garner tested the power of celebrity activism on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, helping Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa and Education Secretary Arne Duncan make a pitch for a bill that would expand access to early education programs.
Garner joined Harkin, Duncan and Reps. George Miller, D-California, and Richard Hanna, R-New York, in the Senate visitor’s center in her capacity as an ambassador for Save the Children, a major advocate for expanding early education.
(CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama is stepping up her policy game.
Obama, along with Education Secretary Arne Duncan, visited a Washington high school on Tuesday to announce a new initiative to encourage students to go to college, calling improving access to higher education “one of [her] husband’s most important goals as president.”
(CNN) – President Barack Obama argued Friday that the amount of time it takes to obtain a law degree should be shortened as a way for students to save money.
"This is probably controversial to say but what the heck? I am in my second term so I can say it," the president told an audience at Binghamton University in New York. "Law schools would probably be wise to think about being two years instead of three years."
(CNN) – The skyrocketing cost of a college education has been fueled both by liberals who haven't demanded that colleges control costs, and conservatives who downplay the burden placed on students, President Barack Obama told CNN in an exclusive interview Friday.
The president, speaking with CNN "New Day" anchor Chris Cuomo, said he was working to forge a middle ground in his latest bid to help students graduate college with less debt.