Obama Stumping for Education Reform Package

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President Obama was in Wisconsin, Wednesday, pushing education reform and campaigning his new "Race to the Top" plan.
The education reform initiative is made up of $5 billion in grants from the president's stimulus package.
The money would go to schools, but the plan is also for states to compete for the money and that competition then strengthen education.

"It's time to start taking this commitment seriously," Obama said. "We've got to do do a better job of recruiting and preparing new teachers. We've got to do a better job of rewarding outstanding teachers. And I've got to be honest, we've got to do a better job of moving bad teachers out of the classroom once they've been given an opportunity to do it right."

The Race to the Top plan, however, is not without controversy.  Critics say it clears the way for teacher pay to be tied to student performance.
In some states, it is illegal to use test scores to judge teachers. In order to participate, several states have lifted that ban.
The first rounds of grant money will be awarded to schools early next year.

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