Obama Shifts Gears to Education Reform


Focus in the capital will turn toward America’s children on Monday, when President Obama sends his blueprint for education reform to the Hill. Obama will aim to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which came to be known as No Child Left Behind in the Bush years. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called Bush's policies "utopian."

"What this plan recognizes is that while the federal government can play a leading role in encouraging the reforms and high standards we need, the impetus for that change will come from states, and from local schools and school districts," Mr. Obama said during his weekly radio address. "So, yes, we set a high bar — but we also provide educators the flexibility to reach it."

Also on Monday, Michelle Obama will appear on the cover of Newsweek with an article, “My Fight Against Childhood Obesity.” The magazine ran a cover story about educational reform last week.

Obama to Outline Education Revamp [WSJ]
Mrs. Obama on Newsweek cover [Playbook/Politico]