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Obama’s Education Legacy Has Been Forgotten. Now He Has to Save It.

New York Magazine
Feb 27, 2018 · 9 min read

The least known reform of the Obama era is at risk.

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US President Barack Obama chats with students during a visit to Viers Mill Elementary School in Silver Spring, Maryland — MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

By Jonathan Chait

On February 17, 2009, Barack Obama signed one of the most sweeping federal education reforms in American history. You may not have heard of it. His program was a federal grant, called “Race to the Top,” which was doled out on a competitive basis. If states…

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