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President Obama's Plan to Win the Future by Reforming K-12 School Funding

Our public education system must have one goal-all students should graduate from high school ready to embark upon college and eventual careers.  Recent evidence suggests that other nations' school children are outpacing those in American schools.  Under the No Children Left Behind Act (NCLB), the federal role in education is too rigid, punitive, and prescriptive-resulting in shifting goals, uneven standards, and low expectations for students and schools.  In order to win the future, this has to change.

Today's economy demands a workforce that is smart, skilled, creative and equipped for success in a global marketplace.  America's future economic competitiveness is being decided every day, in classrooms across the nation.  In order to help each of our children prepare to reach that goal, the President called in his State of the Union for Congress to build on the successful "Race to the Top" model in replacing NCLB.  As part of this call, the President will, in his Budget, seek to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which will boldly restructure K-12 funding to focus resources on the nation's most critical educational goals and consolidate narrow programs into broader authorities.

•Raising expectations for students and schools: The President's plan will support states as they implement rigorous college and career ready standards.  It ushers in a new accountability system focused on keeping students on track to graduate college and career ready by 2020.

•Greater flexibility to support innovation and improvement: Instead of relying on one-size-fits-all mandates from Washington, the President's plan makes room for state and school district leaders to pave the way in supporting student achievement.

•Recognizing and rewarding excellence: The President's plan will recognize and reward excellence at all levels of the education system.  It will promote a comprehensive and systematic approach to closing the achievement gap by expanding the Race to the Top and supporting new models to improve teacher and student success through the Investing in Innovation Fund.

•Promoting great teachers and great principals: The President recognizes that the core of a great education is great teaching and leadership, which is why his plan places new emphasis on teacher effectiveness while offering continued support to help schools and teachers succeed.
The President's Plan to Fix No Child Left Behind

•One clear goal: all students graduate ready for college and career: The President's plan will fix No Child Left Behind's accountability system with a new federal framework that is fair, flexible, and focused on helping every student graduate ready for college and career.  Instead of labeling over 30,000 schools as "failing" under NCLB, the President wants to target reform at America's lowest-performing schools and those with the greatest achievement gaps, while rewarding schools that make significant strides in helping their students succeed.  The President's plan supports the work underway in 44 states to replace narrow, fill-in-the-bubbles tests with a 
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