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President Obama Delivers Remarks to Nation's Students

In his second “Back to School Speech” since taking office, President Obama again addressed the nation’s students on the importance of education. “So long as you’re willing to stay focused on your education, there is not a single thing that any of you cannot accomplish, not a single thing,” he told an auditorium full of students, teachers and parents at Masterman High School in Philadelphia. Yet the responsibility for ensuring our nation’s collective educational achievement rests not only with students, but also with parents, teachers, administrators, and communities at large. He added, “…America has an obligation to you, to make sure you’re getting the best education possible. And making sure you get that kind of education is going to take all of us working hard and all of us working hand in hand.”

As the Administration and the Congress turn their attention to reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, we must ensure that ALL children are able to access quality education that keeps them out of the Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline. The Obama Administration has pledged to level the playing field for all children and this will require important attention to several key components of education reform. CDF urges the Administration and the Congress to address the following priorities for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).