First Lady Thanks Dept of Education

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CBNNews.com - First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Department of Education today, urging staff members to roll up their sleeves, and get to work.

The First Lady, accompanied by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, talked about the need for continued commitment.

Mrs. Obama said it's likely that layoffs can be avoided if Congress passes the Economic Stimulus Package.

She then outlined the administration's plans to renovate and modernize schools, increase funding for college educations, prevent teacher layoffs, and preserve early childhood education.

"We'll give four million students tax credits for tuition. Imagine that," she said.

The First Lady also thanked Education Department employees for their service and told them she is a product of their work.

Mrs. Obama attended Chicago's public schools. She said they nurtured her and helped her get to where she is today.

"This is a good thing to see this department fired-up and ready to go," she said.

Source: The Associated Press

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