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Tuesday
Mar082011

Obama to Visit Boston Classroom; Call for Creation of Education Agency

Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will travel to Boston Tuesday to visit a classroom at TechBoston Academy with Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

TechBoston Academy will be used as an example of the "shared responsibility" the administration is calling for in education -- a school that is using technology in their classroom, and has partnerships with philanthropic and business leaders to provide students with education programs.

"Many sectors of the economy have utilized public-private partnership to drive innovation and growth," Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes said previewing the visit, "and the education sector shouldn't be any different."

President Obama will call for the creation of an Advanced Research Projects Agency for Education with $90 million in funding for its first year during his speech.

The agency will "aggressively pursue technological breakthroughs that will transform educational technology and empower teaching and learning," Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said.  The $90 million for this agency is federal money, included in the 2012 budget sent to Congress.

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Wednesday
Dec152010

Obama Confers with Billionaires Bill Gates and Warren Buffett

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama invited Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and investment mogul Warren Buffett to the Oval Office Tuesday to discuss a number of issues, including ideas to generate economic growth, and investing in education to better prepare the next generation of Americans.

The White House says Gates’ wife, Melinda Gates, also took part.  The meeting also focused on the trio’s “Giving Pledge,” an initiative that encourages the country’s richest citizens to commit a majority of their wealth to philanthropy.

President Obama has consulted with Buffett several times about economic issues but hasn't always followed the billionaire’s recommendations.  Buffett has previously stated that he favored allowing the Bush-era tax cuts for the nation’s wealthiest individuals to expire at the end of 2010, a viewpoint Obama had before reversing himself in a compromise with GOP leaders on Capitol Hill.

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