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Michelle Rhee, founder and CEO of StudentsFirst, told ABC News the country needs to focus more on public education in order to improve the nation's economy and increase its competitiveness.
"The state of the union is increasingly going to have to focus on public education and what we can do to improve it," Rhee, who is a former chancellor of Washington D.C. public schools, said.
"With all of the talk these days about jobs and the economy, I think what people are missing is the fact that unless we fix our public school system we're never going to be able to compete in the global marketplace," Rhee added.
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