In his address to the National Urban League’s Centennial Conference in Washington, D.C., this morning, President Barack Obama laid out the future of America’s embroiled educational plan while also chastising some of the policies of his predecessor, George W. Bush.
Prefacing the meat of his speech by saying, ”I was elected not just to do what was popular; I was elected to do what was right,” Obama immediately acknowledged the controversy that’s brewed this week around his new, $4.35 billion education program, Race to the Top. On Monday, the Urban League, along with the NAACP and five other civil rights organizations, called for the president and Education Secretary Arne Duncan to rethink Race to the Top, whose controversial policies — closing low-performing schools, expanding charter schools — they worry will prove detrimental to minority children. The groups also released their own educational framework, a campaign titled the National Opportunity to Learn.
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