Yesterday, David wrote about the White House's enhanced SOTU-website. Full text of the speech here. White House fact sheets here and here. The Washington Post provides a fun way to compare this year's speech to previous years. Word clouds at the bottomr depict the frequency of words used for the entire speech and also just the education section.
This line also puzzled me, "That's why instead of just pouring money into a system that's not working, we launched a competition called Race to the Top." Technically, most of the stimulus funds were poured into a system that isn't working - through Title I and other forumula programs. And the EduJobs bill poured $10 billion - more than two times the size of RttT - into supporting the status quo instead of adopting a cleantech approach of funding new innovations or scaling charters schools or online learning providers.
Excerpts below from President Obama's speech on education reform at
the National Urban League Centennial Conference. Full texthere. White House blog entryhere. Video at the bottom.
Two interesting things not in the speech. First, no call for Congress
to reauthorize ESEA. This is why most of our Insiders in our recent Education
Insider report said they were pessimistic about ESEA being
reauthorized anytime soon (a surprising 43% said it wouldn't be until
after 2012). It's also why 75% of our Insiders said the President has
to be more engaged in reauthorization.
Second, there was only a vague reference to the $10 billion EduJobs
bill. A bit surprising because inMay,
Secretary Duncan said, "we need emergency action and we need it now" and
the Hill has been complaining about the Administration sendingmixed messages about its budget priorities. Given
that, and that the beginning of school is only a few weeks away, I had
expected a more forceful call for Congress to quickly act.