AirTalk for March 1, 2010

Obama's education initiative

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President Barack Obama speaks during an America's Promise Alliance event at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce March 1, 2010 in Washington, DC. Obama spoke on the administration's effort to improve the nation's schools.

President Obama has announced a program to improve the nation's lowest-performing schools using $900 million in grants. To receive the money, states and school districts must agree to one of four reform models, including: replacing the school principal and half of the staff; closing the school and reopening under charter school operation; closing a campus and enrolling students in higher-performing schools; and a transformational model addressing teacher effectiveness, instruction, learning and teacher planning time, and operational flexibility.


Jack O’Connell, State Superintendent of Public Education, California Department of Education

Dominic Brewer, Professor of Education at the Rossier School of Education

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