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SOTU 2016: Education policy beyond the Obama Administration | IN 60 SECONDS

SOTU 2016: Education policy beyond the Obama Administration | IN 60 SECONDS


Together we’ve increased early childhood education.
Lifted high school graduation rates to new highs. Boosted graduates in fields like engineering. In his last State of the Union address, President
Obama mentioned that graduation rates in our nation’s public high schools are at an all-time
high. He’s absolutely correct. Eighty-two percent of our public high school students
graduate from our schools. Here’s the challenge. There’s also a rise
in the number of students who enrolled in post-secondary education institutions with
need for remediation in English Language Arts and Mathematics. That’s troubling. For one
reason, President Obama say we should increase the number of engineers that we have in our
schools. Well guess what? In order to have more engineers, we’d need to make sure that
we have teachers in place at the high school level, working in his or her field to train
more engineers. But secondly, we cannot rely on the public
school sector alone to increase the number of engineers or the number of entrepreneurs
that we need in our nation. That’s going to take private sector choice, something that
I wish the President would have supported more in his administration. But with the next
administration coming forward, school choice along with public schools will make this nation
great. So what are you thoughts about President Obama’s
legacy on education? And check out other AEI scholars’ response to President Obama’s State
of the Union.

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