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President Obama Discusses Education During Last State of the Union Address

President Obama Discusses Education During Last State of the Union Address

During President Obama’s final State of the Union address last night, he addressed several hot-button education issues like the passing of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and focusing on making computer science a mandatory class in schools.

Obama discussed the much anticipated overhaul of No Child Left Behind that occurred during his presidency following the passing of ESSA and its importance in increasing early education standards.

“The bipartisan reform of No Child Left Behind was an important start, and together, we’ve increased early childhood education, lifted high school graduation rates to new highs, and boosted graduates in fields like engineering,” Obama said.

Boosting interest and participation in STEM has been a focal point of Obama’s hand in national education.

“He... signed the STEM Education Act of 2015, which includes computer science education under existing federal grants and programs that relate to STEM education, and supports grants for informal STEM education occurring outside the classroom in places such as museums,” said eSchoolNews.

He discussed the importance of focusing in the next few years on providing the opportunity to take a hands-on computer science class for all students.

He also talked about recruiting and supporting teachers, brushing over the current issues between state legislature and public school systems occurring in many of the country’s education systems.

“In the coming years, we should build on that progress, by providing Pre-K for all, offering every student the hands-on computer science and math classes that make them job-ready on day one, and we should recruit and support more great teachers for our kids,” he said.

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Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor

1/13/2016

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