Obama called for the support of successful charter schools, a new academic calendar that would add more instruction time, and better assessments of student achievement — and of teacher performance.
Here’s an excerpt from a detailed CBS/AP story:
He did not propose any specific legislative goals on education in his speech Tuesday at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Instead, the president talked about how America must work much harder to keep pace with international competitors.
Part of the blame he put down to Washington bickering, “the same stale debates that have paralyzed progress and perpetuated our educational decline.” He rapped Democrats on the knuckles for resisting the idea of rewarding excellence in teaching with extra pay, and Republicans for opposing new investments in early education.
“It’s more money versus more reform; vouchers versus the status quo,” he said. “There has been partisanship and petty bickering, but little recognition that we need to move beyond the worn fights of the 20th century if we are going to succeed in the 21st Century.
You can find the full text of his speech here, on a Wall Street Journal blog.
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