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How Much Have Obama’s Education Reforms Achieved?

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The administration’s decision to use temporary waivers to give states more flexibility regarding NCLB is controversial, but was fueled by a pragmatic desire to address the problems in the law and quickly, especially given the administration’s frustration in not getting legislative support to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

On the campaign trail, Obama has emphasized his administration’s proposals for higher education over its work on K – 12. New legislation that seeks to have all federally backed student loans originate with the US Treasury instead of subsidized private lenders has drawn fire from Republicans, who see such as nothing less than a “federal takeover” of student loans, rather than an attempt to ensure that college students and their families will not be at the mercy of banks. The President is pushing a proposal to keep federal loans rates stable at 3.4 percent and with reason, given trillion-dollar student loan debt and the gloomy job prospects awaiting college graduates in today’s economy.

Obama has come under fire for efforts to keep public education public, through federal grants and programs that are in direct contrast to the sort of educational plan proposed by GOP candidate Mitt Romney, whose calls for reforms involve school vouchers. The President’s efforts, however promising, have yet to bear fruit but efforts to turn proposals into action capture a real spirit of reform and a long-term goal of  improving education for all US students.

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7:13PM PST on Jan 25, 2013

Fortunately the human race is equipped with frontal lobes. If we have the intention, we are capable over time to improve our performance and get closer and closer to the desired outcome. Obama has the intention to improve education for all.

11:40AM PDT on Jun 22, 2012

Unfortunately, there is no quick fix.... But the battle is absolutely one worth fighting!

11:37AM PDT on Jun 22, 2012

Unfortunately, there is no quick fix.... But the battle is absolutely one worth fighting!

1:50PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

Interesting.

12:45PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

Noted.

5:05PM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

Noted.

4:11PM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

I ditto Julia's comment, "However, I think both NCLB and RTT are misguided programs. Their emphasis on standardized tests, and the results of standardized testing impacting their teachers and school districts, instead of getting kids more help, is nuts. Putting for profit corporations in charge of schools-- as with charter schools-- also doesn't help kids become educated, in the long run. It makes the people running charter schools rich. " Except for the part about voting for Obama.... He's all smoke and mirrors, if you ask me.

2:52PM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

ZIP, NADA, ZERO ZILCH!!!!!

9:38PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

US was already in a race to the bottom when Obama took office- expecting him to fix it is ridiculous.

12:19PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

Well all I can say is Obama is obviously serious about children being educated and the Republicans stayed mirrored in making a profit for educators and bankers who want to make a buck with actually producing any results.

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