Obama on Dropout Prevention (not ESEA)

President Obama addressed the dropout crisis this week.  He outlined federal efforts to support turnaround efforts and mentioned the Central Falls effort as an example, “As my Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, says, our kids get only one chance at an education, and we need to get it right.”
He mentioned dropout prevention programs promising “we’ll build on the efforts of places like Communities in Schools that make sure kids who are at risk of dropping out have one-on-one support.  That’s why we’ll follow the example of places like the Met Center in Rhode Island that give students that individual attention, while also preparing them through real-world, hands-on training the possibility of succeeding in a career.”
The president’s press brief also featured college pathways programs including Early College High Schools and dual enrollment.
It is interesting to note what was not in his remarks or press release–ESEA reauthorization.  With no juice in the WH or congress for reauthorization it seems clear that it is not happening this year.  That’s ok, just creates more time for RttT to change the edu-landscape in half the states.

Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is the CEO of Getting Smart. He has written or co-authored more than 50 books and papers including Getting Smart, Smart Cities, Smart Parents, Better Together, The Power of Place and Difference Making. He served as a public school superintendent and the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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