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Obama Touts School Improvement Plans

By Michele McNeil — March 01, 2010 1 min read
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Even though this Associated Press story makes it sound like President Obama is making big news today with a school improvement plan, it’s really old news.

According to the story, he’s using an America’s Promise Alliance education event to tout the four turnaround models that are tied to acceptance of the Title I School Improvement Grants. We’ve written about this endlessly.

And his news peg is that he now wants to devote some $900 million to it; again, we’ve already covered this, courtesy of EdWeek’s Alyson Klein, as part of our budget coverage.

Obama’s scheduled to speak in just a few minutes. If we do find any news in his remarks today, we’ll pass it along.

UPDATE: Obama ruffled some feathers by patting a Rhode Island district on the back for terminating a bunch of teachers in order to further school reform goals. Steve Sawchuk has more at Teacher Beat.