- Aug 28, 2015
Obama touts his credentials as the education president.
President Barack Obama came into office promising to stem the decline of public schools and to implement reforms that would set all students on the path to success.
“The relative decline of American education is untenable for our economy, unsustainable for our democracy and unacceptable for our children,” the president said in a 2009 speech to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “We cannot afford to let it continue.”
With just weeks remaining in office, the president pointed to evidence that his education policies have been effective. In a conference call with reporters on Monday, the administration announced that the on-time high school graduation rate reached a record high of 83.2 percent in the 2014-2015 school year—with all categories of students making improvements, though students of color lag behind Asian and White counterparts.