Obama: Raise the dropout age, make college more affordable

01/24/2012 | Education Week

President Barack Obama highlighted several education issues as part of his State of the Union address Tuesday, calling on states to raise the legal dropout age to 18 and putting the nation's colleges and universities on notice to make tuition more affordable for students. Obama also talked about the importance of teaching as part of education reform and, through a document released during the speech, unveiled a competitive program for states to enact changes to improve and support the teaching profession.

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