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The Obama Education Plan: An Education Week Guide

ISBN: 978-0-470-48209-4
240 pages
February 2009, Jossey-Bass
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A guide to the educational priorities and change to expect from the Obama administration

Although the Obama's goals for education have been articulated in his speeches and on his website, what's missing is a picture of what these proposals mean in practice. This guide provides the articles, stories, and commentary to clarify Obama's priorities for education. The plan itself is comprehensive and covers preschool, K-12, and college-level education. Among its recommendations: expand early education, improve teacher quality, support school innovation, make math and science national priorities, address the dropout crisis, and improve college access and affordability.

  • Compiled by Education Week-education's newspaper of record
  • Offers information and opinion on Obama's key educational priorities
  • Provides a listing of the President's recommendations for education from pre-school to college level
  • Includes advice for the President from key education leaders
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Introduction: A Mandate for Change.


Part One: The Education Plan.

1. Invest in Early Childhood Education.

2. Reform No Child Left Behind.

3. Expand Choice and Innovation.

4. Make Math and Science National Priorities.

5. Address the Dropout Crisis.

6. Expand Opportunities to Learn.

7. Recruit, Prepare, Retain, and Reward America's Teachers.

8. Improve College Access and Affordability.

Part Two: Advice.

9. Advice for the President.

10. National Academy of Education Recommendations.

Appendix: The Obama-Biden Education Plan.

Education Week Commentary Contributors.


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EDUCATION WEEK has been the newspaper of record for preK-12 education for over 25 years. Covering education-related news, policy, and new research and practice, this weekly publication has over 200,000 readers. Its online component, EdWeek.org, serves up nearly 2 million "page views" to about 300,000 unique visitors per every month, and more than 900,000 people have registered to use the site. Education Week is the flagship publication of Editorial Projects in Education (EPE), a nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to help raise the level of awareness and understanding of important issues in American education. EPE first gained prominence for launching The Chronicle of Higher Education (later sold to its editors) which is the newspaper of record for higher education. Currently, EPE also publishes the online monthly Teacher Magazine, annual reports on education quality, and a job web site for educators called "Agent K-12."
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  • Comprehensive – Education will be a priority in new Obama administration. This publication is the first to compile important background information on the multiple planks of Obama’s education platform.
  • Accessible – Policy proposals are illustrated with articles written by journalists and profiles of exemplary schools and educational practices.
  • Relevant--Includes excepts from Obama’s speeches, and advice from thought leaders on their hopes for the future of education.
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"At a time when parents, business leaders, and educators are universally pleading for a new approach—a new paradigm—for preparing today's young people to meet changing global realities, there is great need for open dialogue about the future of education. This book leads the way in informing and guiding that dialogue."
—Stephen R. Covey, author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The Leader in Me

"A useful, balanced collection of the major contending views of education policy-makers. By setting the stage, it helps us think simultaneously about how to respond to the current climate of reform as well as the direction we might take if we chose to launch even bolder plans for changing America."
—Deborah Meier, senior scholar, New York University, and teacher for 40 years in urban public schools

“A useful introduction to pertinent issues facing the nation’s schools.”—S.T. Schroth, Knox College
Recommended. All readership levels.

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