(Taken from http://www.whitehouse.gov)
1. Support Teachers in Urban Schools: President Obama and Vice President Biden value teachers and the central role that they play in education. To ensure competent, effective teachers in schools that are organized for success, the Obama-Biden K-12 plan will expand service scholarships to underwrite high-quality preparation for teachers who commit to working in underserved districts and support ongoing improvements in teacher education.
2. Expand Early Childhood Education: Obama and Biden’s comprehensive “Zero to Five” plan will provide support to young children and their parents by investing $10 billion per year to create Early Learning Challenge Grants to stimulate and help fund state “zero to five” efforts; quadruple the number of children eligible for Early Head Start, increase Head Start funding, and improve the quality of both; work to ensure all children have access to pre-school; and create a Presidential Early Learning Council to increase collaboration and coordination across federal, state, and local programs.
3. Reduce the High School Dropout Rate: The warning signs for high school dropouts often occur well before high school. Obama will sign into law his Success in the Middle Act to improve the education of middle school students in low-performing schools. Obama and Biden will also establish a competitive grant process for entities pursuing evidence-based models that have been proven to reduce dropouts.
In light of the current political transfer of power, policies will inevitably change based on the agenda of the commander-in-chief… President Barack Obama. I, like so many others, was wooed by President Obama’s words, his mission, his hopefulness, and his earnestness. He promised complete transparency in his campaign and in his subsequent presidency. On January 20th, as the clock dial made its historic journey from 11:59 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the White House website welcomed the 44th President to his place in history. Staring out of cyberspace at me was a face that looked like mine. He did it. We did it. I got myself comfortable and, for the first time in my life, perused the White House website. I wanted to make sure that President Obama delivered on his promise of transparency. There it was. The entire agenda of the Obama Administration displayed and begging for me to click on its many, many links. So I did. I immediately clicked on Urban Issues. The above excerpt was taken from the Urban Policies section on the White House website.
From this very general policy description, it is evident that the Obama-Biden Administration seeks to devote attention and funding to early education. They would also like to address the current drop out crisis. Many of the problems plaguing urban education were borne out of a system that preached equality in education, but promoted something else. According to Krevtovics and Nussel, “equal educational opportunity… interfered with opportunity for working class children” (21). Instead of inheriting the family occupation, secondary education would take urban children out of these roles. Today, the issues surrounding urban education are outside of the classroom as well as inside. Many children “routinely arrive after the bell has rung” (35). In order for President Obama to affectively help urban education he must look into the community and help to provide support for social constructed preconditions that promote the failure of our urban schools. I am hopeful because, after all, he built his campaign on his experience as a community organizer. He knows the community. He knows the men, women, and children that live in these cities. He knows that the teachers, parents, administrators, children, and community organizers are tapped. With new policies in place and funding for those policies, the Administration should be able to make “change.”