Speeches

Obama Lays Out Education Vision

Barack Obama

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Are our children learning? Speaking to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce today in his first education speech, President Obama challenged states to boost the quality of reading and math instruction and challenged teachers unions by reiterating his support for charter schools and merit-based teacher pay. According to The New York Times, “The address on Tuesday was the first step in laying out the president’s agenda to improve American schools, officials said, with more specifics to be outlined in the coming weeks to Congress. Mr. Obama set a goal of the United States having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.”