(Washington, DC) -- President Obama touted his Race to the Top program today, saying that it's yielding results and accountability in education.
The Race to the Top program puts billions of dollars up for grabs to states that implement education reform, which can include adhering to federal education standards.
During speech to the National Urban League in Washington, Obama pointed to a recent report that showed America has fallen from number one to number 12 in the world when it comes to college completion rates.
He said the status quo is morally inexcusable, and it's time to change that.
Obama said the Race to the Top program has already leveraged change, even in states that haven't been chosen as recipients for grants under the program.
He also emphasized that teachers and schools should be given as much support as possible.
However, he stressed that changes have to be made if those teachers and schools aren't producing quality students.
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