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Democrats share with all parents the commitment to prepare our children to lead lives of happiness and success. That’s why we’re dedicated to ensuring the next generation has access to a first-rate education and the tools to drive our economy forward.

In 2010, President Obama signed into law student loan reform that ended government subsidies to big banks and made college more affordable to millions of Americans—a measure in size and scope second only to the G.I. Bill. The Obama administration is working to overhaul the “No Child Left Behind” program and provide teachers with more professional support and resources—while also holding them accountable. President Obama instituted “Race to the Top,” a revolutionary program designed to promote innovation and provide incentives for improvement in education. As a result, already over a dozen states have made changes to increase standards and implement reforms.

Recent Updates
  • Title IX: More than just a basketball scholarship

    A few days ago, I read ''Sum It Up: A Thousand and Ninety-Eight Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective'' by Pat Summitt, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. This book aroused emotions from my days of playing basketball at Morehead State University and Kentucky State University. Without a basketball scholarship, I would have not been able to attend college. And without Title IX, colleges could not afford to offer me a basketball scholarship.

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  • Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake: Rededicating ourselves during Women’s History Month

    This Women’s History Month, we’re honoring the women who have come before us and the women who came out in droves to help re-elect President Obama last November. As Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, our DNC secretary, notes in her video message, we’re also rededicating ourselves to the work we have before us. From ensuring access to early childhood education, building a commonsense immigration system, and putting an end to gun violence that’s tearing apart our communities. We must recognize the accomplishments we’ve made and continue to move this country forward for all women and girls.

    This Women’s History Month, we’re honoring the women who have come before us and the women who came out in droves to help re-elect President Obama last November. As Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, our DNC secretary, notes in her video message, we’re also rededicating ourselves to the work we have before us. From ensuring access to early childhood education, building a commonsense immigration system, and putting an end to gun violence that’s tearing apart our communities. We must recognize the accomplishments we’ve made and continue to move this country forward for all women and girls.

  • See how the GOP sequester is hurting communities nationwide

    When they chose not to come to the table and stop the sequester, Republicans in Congress declared tax breaks for rich were more important than jobs or education, health care or defense. Check out—and share—http://www.gopsequester.com/ to see how the the GOP sequester is hurting communities across the country.

    When they chose not to come to the table and stop the sequester, Republicans in Congress declared tax breaks for rich were more important than jobs or education, health care or defense. Check out—and share—http://www.gopsequester.com/ to see how the the GOP sequester is hurting communities across the country.

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Recent Action
Reforming the federal student loan program and making college more affordable
President Obama signed into law student loan reform, a historic measure to make college more affordable for students and families and save American taxpayers roughly $68 billion over 10 years.
Promoting community service and civic engagement
Democrats passed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, expanding national community service programs and providing new opportunities for people to volunteer in their communities.
Investing in early childhood education
Democrats passed the Recovery Act, which makes important investments in early learning programs, including Head Start, Early Head Start, child care, and programs for children with special needs.
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