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Celebrating Women’s Equality Day

President Barack Obama's inscription on his Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act Bill remarks given to the Women’s Rights National Historical Park Visitors Center, in Seneca Falls, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) Today, August 26th, we celebrate Women’s Equality Day. … [Read more...]

President Obama, President Clinton and President Carter to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington on Wednesday August 28th

This Wednesday will mark 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech at the base of the Lincoln Memorial; a moment which served to punctuate a movement that changed America. … [Read more...]

50 Years Later, Our March Goes On

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the National Action to Realize the Dream March, August 24, 2013. (Justice Department photo by Lonnie Tague) Ed. note: This is part of a series of blog posts written by Administration officials in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington. Read more here. It was an honor to speak at the … [Read more...]

Weekly Address: Making Higher Education More Affordable for the Middle Class

In his weekly address, President Obama notes that while college education has never been more important, it has also never been more expensive, which is why he proposed major new reforms this week to make college more affordable for middle class families and those fighting to get into the middle class. Transcript | Download mp4 | Download mp3 … [Read more...]

President Obama on Making College More Affordable

President Obama went to Lackawanna College in Vice President Biden's hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania for the final stop of his college affordability bus tour. After an introduction from the VP, the President talked about his plan to shake up the current system and make higher education more affordable for middle class families. Rethinking how we pay for higher education isn't just an … [Read more...]

Weekly Wrap Up: “Make College More Affordable”

Watch the video. A Better Bargain for Students: President Obama hit the road on Thursday for a two-day bus tour in New York and Pennsylvania to share his plan to make college more affordable. The President stressed the importance of ensuring that higher education pays off for students and their families: “Too many students are facing a choice that they should never have to make: … [Read more...]

The President’s Plan to Tackle College Costs – An Early Look at What Stakeholders are Saying

Yesterday at the University of Buffalo, as part of his plan to offer a better bargain for the middle class, President Obama announced an ambitious new agenda to combat rising college costs, make college more affordable, and improve value for students and their families. As the President said in his speech, just tinkering around the edges won’t be enough. If we’re really serious about … [Read more...]

African Leaders Meet to Discuss Immigration Reform

Today, the White House is meeting with a group of African leaders to discuss the benefits of commonsense immigration reform for African immigrant communities. The meeting coincides with this weekend’s festivities marking the anniversary of Dr. King’s historic March on Washington. 50 years later, his words still resonate with those fighting for more equitable, just treatment of … [Read more...]

Regional Roundup: College Affordability Bus Tour

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, during the college affordability bus tour in Buffalo, N.Y., Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) Yesterday, as part of his plan to deliver a better bargain for the middle class, President Obama kicked off a two-day bus … [Read more...]

Check Out Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s Google+ Hangout with Sal Khan

Watch the video. Today, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Sal Khan, the founder of Khan Academy, joined a Google+ Hangout to discuss education in the United States. Secretary Duncan and Khan answered questions submitted via Facebook … [Read more...]

It’s Been One Year Since We Published the Source Code for We The People

What a year it’s been! … [Read more...]

West Wing Week 08/23/13 or, “The Welcome Sunny, Back-to-School, Make College Affordable Edition”

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, Bo took on the important role of big brother, the President honored the undefeated, 1972 Miami Dolphins at the White House, and laid out fundamental reforms that would bring real change to the way that we pay for college education in this country during a two-day bus tour in New York. … [Read more...]

President Obama Explains His Plan to Combat Rising College Costs

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, during the college affordability bus tour in Buffalo, N.Y., Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) Today, President Obama traveled to the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York to announce his plan to combat the soaring … [Read more...]

Join a Conversation with Education Secretary Duncan and Sal Khan

Today, President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan are hitting the road to discuss a new plan to combat rising college costs and make college affordable for American families. Tomorrow from the White House, Secretary Duncan will join a virtual conversation with Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy, to talk about the future of education and steps we can ensure all Americans have access to a … [Read more...]

White House Office Hours: College Affordability

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on interest rates on student loans at the University of Colorado Coors Event Center in Boulder, Colo., April 24, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) Ed. Note: At 11:05 a.m. ET tomorrow, the President will discuss his plan to make college more affordable at the … [Read more...]

The Affordable Care Act and Expanding Mental Health Coverage

President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the National Conference on Mental Health in the East Room of the White House, June 3, 2013. Standing with the President, from left, are: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) … [Read more...]

What the Affordable Care Act Means to Communities of Color

Ed. note: This is crossposted from hhs.gov/healthcare. See the original post here. Recently, I traveled to Oakland, California, to participate in a town hall about how the Affordable Care Act is improving health and strengthening communities - especially communities of color that have long faced disparities in health and health care. As the event was coming to a close, a woman in the audience … [Read more...]

We the (Immigrant) Geeks: Making the U.S. a Geek Magnet

Right now, there are brilliant students from all over the world sitting in classrooms at our top universities. They’re earning degrees in the fields of the future, like engineering and computer science. But once they finish school, once they earn that diploma, there’s a good chance they’ll have to leave our country. Think about that…We’re giving them all the skills … [Read more...]