Jan. 16 - President Obama joins leaders of higher education to announce over 100 new commitments to expand college opportunity, and ''to restore the essential promise of opportunity that's at the heart of America.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Obama and the First Lady are joining with leaders in higher education to announce over 100 new commitments to expand college opportunity. "We've called for clearer, higher standards in our schools," President Obama said. "We've set a goal of training 100,000 new math and science teachers over the next 10 years. We've taken new steps to help students stay in school. And today, the high school drop-out rate is the lowest it's been in 40 years." To help more students afford and graduate from college with the skills they need, the Obama administration says they have already doubled federal investments in Pell Grants and college tax credits. The administration says it has also worked to reform student loans. "We want to restore the essential promise of opportunity and upward mobility that's at the heart of America. The notion that if you work hard, you can get ahead. You can improve your situation in life, President Obama said."