Obama urges governors to boost education funding

"The countries who out-educate us today will out-compete us tomorrow," Obama said.

President Barack Obama on Feb. 27 urged the nation’s governors to invest more state resources in education, saying a highly skilled workforce is crucial for the U.S. to remain competitive with other countries.

Obama made his pitch at a White House meeting with governors in Washington, D.C., as part of the annual winter meeting of the National Governors Association. The president and first lady Michelle Obama hosted a black tie dinner with the governors Feb. 26.

Obama said at the Feb. 27 session that he sympathized with governors whose state budgets have been badly squeezed during the economic downturn. But he said that was no reason to trim resources from schools.…Read More

Christie proposes education reform bills that would eliminate current tenure system for teachers

Gov. Chris Christie sent a package of education reform bills to the Legislature Wednesday that would eliminate tenure as teachers know it and offer job protection only to those who consistently show a high level of performance based on new statewide evaluation system, reports NJ.com. Under the tenure proposal, teachers would be given one of four ratings–highly effective, effective, partially effective or ineffective–based equally on student performance and classroom observations. Acting Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf first unveiled the evaluation system during an address at Princeton University in February…

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