President Barack Obama will send a proposal to congress for an education system reform the week of March 14, according to The Los Angeles Times.
Obama’s proposal will also reform the No Child Left Behind project to improve high schools and give graduates the “the best chance to succeed in a changing world,” Obama told the Los Angeles Times.
His plans developed in the midst of many reports stating that America’s education system is falling behind most other developed countries. Obama cited how 15-year-old, American students are lagging behind their foreign peers in many academic categories such as math and science. The United States no longer leads the world in producing college graduates.
"Unless we step up, unless we take action," Obama told The Los Angeles Times, "there are countless children who will never realize their full talent and potential."
Obama said he will continue to pursue this issue. He wants all high school students to be fully prepared for college and careers by 2020. Obama also set another goal of having all students graduate from high school, despite economic or geographic backgrounds.
Republicans criticized Obama’s plans for educational reform, claiming that he is ignoring the economy and other pressing issues.
It is uncertain exactly what Obama’s potential reform will entail, and if Congress will pass the possible reform. Also, it is unknown how current and future high school students will be affected.
Obama’s reform will likely target the lack of a central, federal education system.