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.
(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.
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Binghamton, New York (CNN) - President Barack Obama kicked off a two day bus tour in upstate New York Thursday, unveiling plans to change the way the federal government will award federal student aid to colleges and universities.
Complaining that "college has never been more expensive," the president said to students at the University at Buffalo that "a higher education is the single best investment you can make in your future."
Washington (CNNMoney) – Federal spending cuts are hitting 57,000 children who would have started preschool in the next few weeks.
The Administration for Children and Families reported Monday that 51,299 fewer children will begin Head Start preschool programs and 5,966 fewer toddlers will enter Early Head Start programs due to the $85 billion in federal budget cuts called sequester.
Boston (CNN) - Members of the Republican National Committee backed a resolution Friday calling on state legislatures to pass legislation "supporting the changing and teaching" of American history to put a greater emphasis on the country's "founding principles."
"School children of the United States of America should understand the sacrifice that has been made for the God-given liberty so that a strong Constitutional Republic in the United States may be secured for future generations," reads the resolution, which passed by a voice vote at Friday's general session of the RNC.