July 29th, 2010
01:07 PM ET
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Obama says education plan includes charter schools, teacher salaries

President Obama delivered a speech on education reform Thursday.

President Obama delivered a speech on education reform Thursday.

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Thursday his plan to improve America's education system includes charter schools, intense teacher education and parent involvement.

"Now, I know some argue that during a recession, we should focus solely on economic issues ... but education is an economic issue, if not the economic issue, of our time," Obama said at the National Urban League's 100th Anniversary Convention in Washington. "We've tolerated a status quo where America lags behind other nations."

On the issue of higher education, he noted that America used to be first and is now 12th globally when it comes to college graduation rates. Middle-schoolers continue to fall behind in math and science, and the income gap continues to widen between white and African-American students, he said.

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  1. USN

    Why did he close the schools in DC that were helping black students????? Not union maybe

    July 29, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    What is really includes is spending. Congress needs to just ignore him, unless he cuts elsewhere.

    July 29, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. Naqib

    We just need to pay the teacher unions more money... that should do it

    July 29, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. gt

    start with this... 12 months of school....

    July 29, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |

    If all he said was so then answer this why are we having to lay off teachers throughout America increasing the teacher's class room to near double in students? Does he think this will offer better education just so he can free up money to be misused elsewhere. IMPEACH THIS BUM.

    July 29, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. vic

    When president talking about students learning math and science in view co hosts Elisabeth asked the president how its crate jobs ?

    I can’t blame her because she is Palin fan she think like Palin

    If our students are good in math and science Bill Gates won’t hire people from India

    July 29, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. MH

    Our educational problems have much more to do with the breakdown of family life than with the presumed inadequacy of our teachers. This is particularly true of black Americans, who have an illegitimacy rate of over 70%. Teachers cannot compensate for an unstable household where little or no learning takes place.

    July 29, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. nini

    You have one intention and one intention only to Brainwash our youth to become Radical like you and teach them how America is wrong and evil.

    We must protect our kids from this intellectual assault.
    He will never go through with Charter school you LIE Mr. President.

    July 29, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Our # 1 investment should be education. I suggest a longer school day and a shorter summer break.

    July 29, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. Pat

    All US schools should be abolished for at least 5 years because there are no jobs available for grads and because for decades most of the grads cannot read, write or think without a computer – yet we haven't had any technological geniuses from them.

    The zombies that we have as grads now walking the streets with their nimble fingers texting in that tiny little space do nothing more than tweet, yet they can't fly or even perch on a branch.

    Send the kids to China and India to school where they might come back with some useful knowledge. Meanwhile, the savings gleaned would be astronomical.

    July 29, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. Paul from Phoenix

    "Now, I know some argue that during a recession, we should focus solely on economic issues ..."

    Interesting, I thought he forgot that we were in a recession. But at least he had a good time on The View.

    July 29, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Thank you President Obama for addressing all of these important issues. I know you realize more than any of us that if the GOP gains the majority in Congress middle class America is done for.

    I said it a year ago, and I'll say it again: this man is trying to get as much accomplished on behalf of average Americans as is humanly possible. He is very much aware that if he doesn't attempt to give the middle class a more level playing field NO ONE ELSE WILL.

    July 29, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. Eric

    "Blah blah blah, me me me," said Barry, at the National Urban League's 100th Anniversary Convention in Washington.

    So you go to the Urban League's 100th anniversary of race baiting and poverty pimpin, but f*** the Boy Scouts, right?

    Again, you are not a man, Barry. You are a child. And a sad, pathetic one at that.

    July 29, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. Augsbee

    Hopefully, Obama will also tell teachers to teach math, history, reading, writing, biology, geography, etc.... instead of teachers earning a salary by wasting kids' time with teaching them about their own beliefs, philosophy and all the other nonsense teachers have been coming up with lately.

    July 29, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. "We've tolerated a status quo where America lags behind other nations."

    I think the charter school has a lot of merit

    something needs to be done

    the schools are sick and need a transfusion, they have been allowed to slide into bad disrepair

    July 29, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  16. logical74

    Ironic how on one hand Obama sees the problems with deregulated banking, oil, and health care industries, but then is forcing states into compliance with the "Race to the Top" privatization scheme. States are being denied badly needed education dollars if they do not increase the number of charter schools and "turnarounds", which essentially replaces veteran teachers with barely trained and underpaid rookies and replaces administrators with "managers" from the private sector. The same ideas and principles that brought us the foreclosure crisis, massive oil spills, and 450,000 deaths per year from non-access to health care is now being applied to our education system! We won't be able to undo it either as taking anything from the private sector and making it public is political suicide. The preliminary studies are clear: charters and turnarounds are not performing academically better and are causing a whole host of problems such as safety issues because kids can no longer just go to the school in their neighborhood. Thomas Jefferson must be rolling over in his grave.

    July 29, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  17. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Please repeal No Child Left Behind. It was a total disaster as an unfunded mandate that decimated states and forces a lot of teachers to resign rather than pay for new training out of pocket.

    July 29, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. Kevin in Ohio

    Of course the left wing disagrees with him...anything other than having their entitlements and anything that requires personal accountability is abhorrent to those on the left.

    July 29, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. Augsbee

    I agree with President Obama, middle schoolers in our country fall behind in math and science. The problem is we have way too many teachers that need additional schooling themselves, they can't teach well, don't know the curriculum very well, are not well educated themselves. I think Obama should make every single teacher in our country, including kindergarten teachers, go through more training and yearly testing.
    I think many teachers found a way to make a salary without being held accountable for their job performance as they would be if they worked for companies.

    July 29, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  20. thor

    Obama believes there are 57 states that make up the United States. So much for the education system in this country.Pouring more money into this public system will not fix it. We've been doing that for years.Obama like most politicians are lucky in the fact they can afford a private education for their children. Most of us in the real world don't have that option.

    July 29, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. Angus McDugan

    Translation: I want all the teachers and union people to vote for me.

    July 29, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. Old Time Education-Kansas

    So what's the purpse of America's schools? Are still charging ahead educating the masses or are we going to follow the rest of the world and weed out the common labors in the first year or so of school so we do not need to bother getting them past the reading and writing stage.

    Lets try teaching Reading, wRiting and aRithmatic in our public schools to standard. Through is a sprinkling of American history and Social studies/Government. Sure we will have Computer Science its the new Short Hand and Typing Classes. We can offer Special Classes to those that appear gifted, or we can arrange for them to take Classes for Credit at Community Colleges.

    Then we can require American Universities to do something they have not done in a long time, that being provide higher educations to American students, with American Instructors that speak English as a primary language and actually teach rather than leaving such tasks to graduate students. We could also require University facility to understand that the reason they have been hired to to interface with their students, answer their questions, and then if they have extra time they might do some research. Oh, yes, if Universities can not find enough American students to fill their campuses then they may recruit the short fall overseas, that is rather than filling the campus with foreign students first and then picking up a few American students.

    Am I unhappy with our education system, yes I am. But what makes more unhappy is the attempts to create an education system based upon foreign culture. I do not care how Koreans score, or Germans. I could care less because American youth still have a childhood, we do not pigeon toe them at a early age and tell them what they can not be, we do not create an environment where if they fail at this one test their life is ruined, we do not place them in a structured environment and expect them to hit the books from 7 in the morning until midnight. American youth are spoiled and I like it that way. The world is a crappy enough place without thrusting them into it before they can develop their dreams.

    But what we can do, is give them a good American education and let them select their own path way. So what do I expect a high School Graduate to be able to do, well, read and write would be nice. I fully expect them to understand out history and government. I expect them to be able to make change, do basic math and maintain their finances. Over and above that I expect each and everyone of them to follow their own dreams wheather it be to the moon and beyond or down to the local garage changing oil and tires. But I do not expect them to have to worry about not getting into an American college because a foreign student was given their spot, nor do I expectthem to have to try and second guess their instructor because the instructor does not speak English. And we can begin to grade our Univerisities by looking attheir drop out rates and question why? If it's partying that the students fault, if its because no help is there out sidethe class room or even more distrubingly but a prevailing view I have seen from some Universities that actually take pride in washing out 75% of their Freshman classes, then that is intolerable.

    I have wittnessed gaps in education, and it has nothing to do with race or gender.

    July 29, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    And all of those things he cites are precisely how the GOP and conservatives want it, so get your popcorn out and get ready for the obstruction show.

    July 29, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. valwayne

    More talk! Obama and the Democrats will never actually do anything the NEA doesn't like.

    July 29, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |