Talking About Education in Albuquerque

On Tuesday, President Obama visited Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he held a backyard conversation with voters. During that conversation, President Obama talked about the importance of education, and he highlighted initiatives like Race to the Top and student loan reform that will help to ensure that American children and students have access to the best educational opportunities. During that conversation, the President said:

“We‟ve got to have a long-term plan for how we make sure America remains the number one economy in the world and how we make sure that we still have opportunities for middle-class Americans to prosper and to expand, to be able to support their families and send their kids to college and retire with dignity and respect; and how do we provide ladders for people who aren‟t yet in the middle class to be able to get into the middle class; how do we help small businesses grow; how do we help make sure that our large businesses are the innovators that are designing the new products that we‟re able to sell overseas… And the number one issue in terms of us succeeding as an economy is going to be how well we educate and how well we train our kids. Nothing else comes close…

“[So] first of all, we set up something called Race to the Top. And what we said was that if states wanted to get some additional money, some extra money to help their schools, they would have to compete for that money by showing us what it is that you‟re doing to reform the school system so that you get excellent teachers, you have high standards, the schools are accountable; that you‟re going after the lowest-performing schools and not just sort of skimming off the top…

“Number two, we‟ve been helping make sure that more young people get early childhood education, because the studies show that if kids are well prepared when they get to school, then they are much likely to do better…

"[The] third thing we‟ve been doing is focusing on higher education… we‟ve been able to save $60 billion that we‟re putting in now to make sure that millions more young people across the country are able to get the student loans and the Pell Grants that they need. And starting in 2014, we‟re actually going to be able to say to young people that you will never have to pay more than 10 percent of your income in repaying your student loans.”



Posted on 3 Oct 2010, 17:54 - Category: DNC



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