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President’s Domestic Policy Adviser Predicts Bipartisan Push on Education

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January 26, 2011 04:44 pm


Last night Mike Allen, Chief White House Correspondent at the Politico, interviewed Melody Barnes, the president’s Domestic Policy Adviser, just hours before the State of the Union. Barnes said she is “very, very hopeful” about the chances for bipartisan cooperation on education this year.

“We’ve learned a lot in the years since No Child Left Behind was signed into law,” Barnes said. “And, one, people think the idea of accountability that was established there was a smart one, and we want to maintain that. But people also recognize that there are things that have to be fixed, that we need greater flexibility for those schools that are doing well, those teachers that are doing well, so that they can help ensure the kind of creativity and thinking, the skills that our kids are going to need for those jobs of the future. At the same time, we’re going to be responsive to the fact that we’ve got dropout factories in this country, and we’ve got to turn those schools around.”

In another segment of the interview, Barnes said, “”Because we didn’t invest in education in the past, we now see that America is ranked in the middle of the pack when we look at our global competitors as opposed to the top of the pack. We can do better. We have to do better.”


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