White House Hosts Education Roundtable

On July 18 President Obama met with public and private sector leaders to discuss developing a competitive American workforce. The focus was on education and how industry partnerships can help spearhead education reform.

“A world-class education is the single most important factor in determining not just whether our kids can compete for the best jobs but whether America can outcompete countries around the world,” said President Obama. “America’s business leaders understand that when it comes to education, we need to up our game. That’s why we’re working together to put an outstanding education within reach for every child.”

Four key announcements were made during the roundtable.

  • Community Engagement and Investment to Transform the Nation’s Lowest-Performing Schools: America’s Promise Alliance Grad Nation Community Impact Fund will raise $50 million to support the goal of ending the dropout crisis and preparing young people for college and career.
  • Expanding Opportunities for Students to Prepare for Livable Wage Jobs: Bank of America will announce a $50 million pledge to education over the next 3 years, launching this goal through $4.5 million in grants.
  • Research and Development for Next Generation Learning Models and Resources for Students and Teachers: Building on its history of commitment to education and recent $25 million STEM Scholarship grant program in Washington State, Microsoft Education is announcing a new $15M investment in research and development for immersive learning technologies including game based instruction and the creation of a lifelong learning digital archive.
  • Supporting a Statewide Focus on Education System Redesign: In the past four years, the Nike School Innovation Fund (NSIF) has provided $7 million in innovation grants and thousands of volunteer hours by senior Nike leaders and other employees to support students, teachers and principals in three Oregon public school districts. The Fund is announcing a new commitment as a primary partner of Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and his initiative to help make the state’s entire education system more nimble, innovative and supportive of the key grades of 9 to 12.

More information

“Staying Competitive Through Education: The President and American Business Leaders Announce New Commitments”
The White House Blog

1 Response to “White House Hosts Education Roundtable”


  1. 1 SemioticJim August 5, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Where are the classroom teachers who work in the public schools?


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