President Obama and Education Reform offers a comprehensive description and analysis of President Obama's education agenda. The Obama administration has created numerous interlocking policies meant to foster class mobility and long-term economic growth through educational improvements. The administration has imposed the Common Core as de facto national standards, an innovation desired by reformers for decades. Through Race to the Top (RTT) funds, the administration has also encouraged the spread of teacher-level value-added data systems, encouraged the use of merit pay, and pushed states to help spread high-quality charter schools. Obama's reforms have drawn skepticism from supporters of traditional public schools. Robert Maranto and Michael McShane have a more positive view. They believe that the Obama-era reforms reflect long-term changes in ideology and technology which have led to successful innovation in both the private and public sector, and believe that Obama's personal background as a community organizer has informed his reform strategies for the better.
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Table of ContentsPART I: THE INSTITUTIONAL AND THE PERSONAL History and Policy Myths, Pluralism, and the Educational Industrial Complex Barack Obama: The Personal and the Political PART II: THE POLICIES Common Core: Backdoor National Standards The Race to the Top Obama's Accountability Inheritance - NCLB Obama's Vision of Accountability - ESEA reauthorization PART III: THE FUTURE President Obama and the Future of Public Education