From Sunlen Miller:
In remarks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce this morning President Obama will discuss a national effort to help curb the dropout rate, better prepare students for colleges and careers, and target low-performing schools, the White House says.
The president’s remarks will be part of The America’s Promise Alliance Education event hosted by Alliance Founding chairman Gen. Colin Powell and his wife and Alliance chairwoman Alma Powell.
Within his remarks, the president will discuss the plan to help turn around America’s “persistently low-performing schools.” The president’s FY 2011 budget includes an additional $900 million to support School Turnaround Grants. In order for a school to get these funds, states and school districts must choose among four reform models, in an attempt to change their lowest performing schools.
The president will also discuss “innovative dropout recovery and prevention strategies,” in order to engage students during their learning with personalized instruction, providing multiple pathways and credit recovery programs, and using data and information better to help in the transition between high school and college.
The president will speak about the FY2011 budget investment of $100 million into a College Pathways Program, which the White House says will, “increase access to college-level, dual credit, and other accelerated courses in high-need high schools, and to support college-going strategies and models that will help students succeed.”
Back at the White House in the afternoon, the president will hold separate meetings with Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in the Oval Office.
– Sunlen Miller