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Michelle Obama On Neighborhood Schools

Invoking the good old days of the neighborhood school is nothing new, but this is the first time I'd heard Michelle Obama talk about it at UCLA -- thanks to my mom, who saw it live yesterday and told me about it this morning.

Skip ahead.  Obama starts talking at about the 32:00 mark, and talks about neighborhood schools at about 36:00:

"There was nothing miraculous about my life.  I went to the neighborhood schools around the corner.  When you look at me, I don't want you to see the next First Lady.  I want you to see what an investment in public education looks like."

Of course, Obama went to a neighborhood school but she now sends her children to a private one -- an issue that many educators struggle with. 

She also goes on to say that NCLB is "sucking the life out of our teachers, our children are being tested to death, and college is becoming a dream."


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