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Obama: Investing in Public Schools Will Boost Economy

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Posted on Sep 24, 2011
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A teacher in a Chicago public school answers a question from a student.

President Barack Obama stressed the importance of quality education in a speech Friday when he announced that any states willing to commit to higher standards of education can get a waiver from the No Child Left Behind law.

Obama said the measure, introduced by President George W. Bush in 2002, had “admirable” goals but that, in practice, “teachers are being forced to teach to a test,” and that important subjects like science and history have fallen by the wayside.

Obama also emphasized that improving and investing in America’s public schools is an important step to economic recovery. He promised that his jobs bill, should Congress pass it, would update 35,000 schools and put thousands of teachers back to work across the country. —BF

Bloomberg Businessweek:

President Barack Obama said improving the nation’s public schools is crucial to the U.S.’s economic recovery as he highlighted his decision to let states sidestep the No Child Left Behind law by raising education standards.

“Education is an essential part of this economic agenda,” the president said [Friday] in a weekly radio and Internet address that urged Congress to pass his $447 billion jobs plan that includes money for teachers and schools. “It is an undeniable fact that countries who out-educate us today will out-compete us tomorrow. Businesses will hire wherever the highly skilled, highly trained workers are located.”

If the U.S. is “serious about building an economy that lasts” and strengthening the middle class, “we had better be serious about education,” Obama said. “We have to pick up our game and raise our standards.”

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By Terri, October 10, 2011 at 1:17 pm Link to this comment
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We need the Obama’s folks.  (Sarcastic)
The Mrs. Obama is after breast feeding like it is some new fad, not something that generations of women, long before she showed up, handled quite capably without her intervention.  Who needs Mrs. Obama in their nursing bra anyway?  Nutrition in schools, if the money that was supposed to go into school cafeterias had made it there, we wouldn’t have such needs now.

It all goes back to the fact that for decades we have given our money over to accomplish and improve schools, roads etc and the money was pissed away on something else or tucked into a big wallet.  Now, here we sit.

Not one decision Obama has made have I agreed with.  Off the top of my head, more drilling (for that precious oil) in oceans & wildlife refuges when the Gulf Oil Spill is still going on today,along with constant spraying of toxic chemicals and killing Gulf residents in droves.  (You won’t hear about this on TV news channel-all bought & paid for).

President Obama is not and has proven, that he is not who we thought he was when we elected him.  He is not someone in which to place your trust or livihood in.  He does not believe in peace, never should have been given a peace price.  (What a joke, then & now). 

You want this guy in charge of Education?  You deserve what you get.  Check out our economy, check out and take a count of how many wars we are in.
For Pete’s Sake, wake up already!

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By jayman, September 25, 2011 at 5:52 pm Link to this comment

Class war, race war, spending for public schools, spending for entitlements, spending for “green” spending for political cronies, spending for unions, spending for zombie banks, fear mongering, hate mongering—2012 is coming up fast throw enough stuff on the wall something will stick, right ?

If you love your children keep them out of the American public school system.

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By bpawk, September 24, 2011 at 2:46 pm Link to this comment

Funny this coming from a man who puts his kids in private schools, not public schools. He knows the education is garbage is a public school - it’s not good enough for his kids. If he sent his kids to public school (it would be the most heavily guarded public school probably) he would lead by example.

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By Robespierre115, September 24, 2011 at 12:47 pm Link to this comment

Of course Obama’s view of upgrading education in the US is turning everything into a charter school.

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