Barack Obama

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    Obama and Duncan’s education reform predicament

    Compare the following articles from July 7, 2014: NEA wants Duncan’s resignation and Obama: Put better teachers in poor schools There are two ways to look at the policy implications of this. 1. The National Education Association (NEA) dislikes President Obama’s Secretary of Education Arne…
    Terry Stoops, July 8, 2014
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    Ravitch urges visit from Arne Duncan, President Obama

    Diane Ravitch doesn’t like much of the education legislation proposed by members of the NC General Assembly.  She doesn’t like it at all.  In a recent blog post, she pleads, “Will Secretary [of Education Arne] Duncan or President Obama hurry to North Carolina and urge the legislators to stop…
    Terry Stoops, April 18, 2013
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    White House unclear about the scope of preschool proposal

    The White House Blog has a post titled “What You Need to Know About President Obama’s Plan to Provide High-Quality Early Education for All Children.”  Frankly, the blog post does not provide what we need to know about President Obama’s preschool plan.  Specifically, it is not clear who will…
    Terry Stoops, February 19, 2013
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    Obama: More government preschool please

    From the 2013 State of the Union Address, Study after study shows that the sooner a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road.  But today, fewer than 3 in 10 four year-olds are enrolled in a high-quality preschool program.  Most middle-class parents can’t afford…
    Terry Stoops, February 13, 2013
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    So much for being a 'community credential' holder

    I’m a “community credential” holder for President Barack Obama’s Thursday night acceptance speech that was to be held at Bank of America Stadium. I’ve received multiple phone calls on my voice mail asking me to confirm my attendance. I was told when I picked up my credential in Raleigh to…
    Barry Smith, September 5, 2012
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    Obama speech moved indoors

    The Democratic National Committee has announced that President Barack Obama’s acceptance speech Thursday night has been moved from Bank of America Stadium to Time Warner Cable Arena. The DNC’s news release blames impending bad weather. Here is the news release: CHARLOTTE, Sept. 5, 2012 — The Democratic National Convention Committee…
    Barry Smith, September 5, 2012
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    Young Democrats push for enthusiasm among youth

    Young Democrats in North Carolina are hoping to make an impact on the election this fall. Well aware of the advantage that President Barack Obama had among younger voters in 2008, the younger Democrats are gearing up to get their peers enthused about the 2012 election. “We’ve seen a lot…
    Barry Smith, September 4, 2012
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    Wonder who she'll support for president?

    Rep. Earline Parmon, D-Forsyth, leaves no doubt as to her preferred candidate for president. (CJ photo by Barry Smith) I bumped into Rep. Earline Parmon, D-Forsyth, in the lobby of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, which is home to the North Carolina delegation to the Democratic National Convention. Parmon left…
    Barry Smith, September 4, 2012