Join the Conversation During the State of the Union

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President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 25, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Save the date for Tuesday January 24, at 9 pm EST, when President Obama will give his annual State of the Union address, with education being a likely topic of discussion during the speech. You can watch an enhanced version of the speech with graphics and data at

Following the speech, a panel of senior advisors, including Secretary Duncan, will answer your questions. Ask your questions on Twitter using the hashtag #WHchat & on the White House’s Facebook page.

Check back into ED’s Homeroom on Wednesday for a summary of the State of the Union, and what it could mean for education in America. Click here for more information on the State of the Union address, and click here to receive email updates of all the latest news from ED.


  1. It was mentioned during the speech that there would be an emphasis on keeping prices down with higher education by possibly reducing the federal aid the university or college receives if they keep raising their costs of education. How would this be applicable in a system like the University of California, which finds itself in a unique situation where the state has immensely reduced their funding of public education and the people who make the decisions regarding tuition increases are UC Regents, representatives elected by the state and not the students, and protected by the Californian Constitution?

  2. Professional development is a step in the right direction in turning around low academic performance in the public school system.

  3. Considering that the US Constitution gives the power to regulate education to the states, could we please cut out all Federal DOE employees and leave the regulation to the individual states?? The Federal government could determine what budget they have to spend on education, figure out how many children there are in America, and divide out how much is allotted to each child. Each family could name the school they want to send their child to, and a check could be cut to that entity. Private, public, home school, wherever the parent believes their child would be better served would receive the federal money. I guarantee the cost would be better spent, than on a bureaucracy at the Federal level. The hoops that teachers go through to teach to the test (attempting to prove to the federal system that they are ‘doing their job’), and the lack of actual learning that children are accomplishing, is making for an ignorant America. Creativity and love of learning have gone out the window, teachers are exhausted and stressed, and children are none the better. It’s no wonder there is a scheduled ‘Occupy DOE’ – !

  4. I believe that disabled persons should be forgiven of a student loan from 1993. It is crazy for me to try to pay a loan with knowing that the loan can never be paid off

  5. Very disappointed in the simple gloss over of education in his speech. Merit pay, removing tenure, and telling states what they need to do are not going to help our schools. Federal mandates have forced the teach to the test mentality and the poor public view of education and teachers. Fight for us as educators and we will fight with you to make our education system better than it is today but ignore us and you leave us no choice but to fight our daily battles alone. Just a solitary teachers voice in a world of people who won’t listen to us and then people wonder why we lose educators at such an alarming rate. Let us teach and give us the tools we need!!!!

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