Earlier this afternoon, President Obama was set to meet with businesses and non-profit groups that work towards bettering America’s education system. He is hoping to get $118 million in pledges. One main point of this meeting is to improve the future of America’s workforce by making it more competitive with other countries.
During the session, these commitments to education will be made, the White House says:
- $50 million from America’s Promise to help curb dropouts and prepare young people for colleges and careers.
- $50 million over three years from Bank of America for programs that help people get through college — particularly the underserved, unemployed, returning veterans and people with disabilities.
- $15 million from Microsoft to help research and develop new learning technologies, such as game-based instruction and a lifelong learning digital archive.
- $3 million from Nike, to make $10 million in all, for Oregon’s secondary school reforms.
“A world-class education is the single most important factor in determining not just whether our kids can compete for the best jobs but whether America can outcompete countries around the world,” Obama said. By pushing for these pledges, there is hope for America’s public school systems to better prepare students for jobs in the future. President Obama also noted that ”America’s business leaders understand that when it comes to education, we need to up our game. That’s why we’re working together to put an outstanding education within reach for every child.”
This article contains information from USA Today