This week, the Obama campaign unveiled a report dubbed the President’s ‘closing argument’, officially titled A New Economic Patriotism: A Plan for Jobs & Middle-Class Security.
The Plan sets forth President Obama’s vision for his second term in areas of national interest, including education, much of which echoes the initiatives already pursued during his first term to reach his goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. The plan also calls to prevent layoffs of teachers.
Specifically, Obama says his second term will:
- Cut tuition growth in half over the next ten years;
- Recruiting and preparing 100,000 math and science teachers;
- Strengthening public schools in every community;
- Training 2 million workers for good jobs that actually exist through partnerships between businesses and community colleges.
Of specific interest to PI readers, the President explains how he would strengthen schools by calling for expanding Race to the Top to school districts (which is already underway, see here), relief from NCLB mandates in exchange for adopting reforms (which is also already underway, see here), and preventing layoffs of teachers.