By Jueseppi B.
Tweets Of The Day – August 22, 2013
— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) August 22, 2013
— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) August 22, 2013
We’ve got to shake this up
Michelle and I wouldn’t be in the White House today if it weren’t for our college educations.
It wasn’t cheap. We didn’t finish paying off our student loans until about nine years ago.
That’s why it’s been a personal mission of mine to make higher education more affordable for more Americans — and starting today, I’m hitting the road to talk about real reforms to fundamentally rethink how we pay for college in this country.
I’m asking you to speak out as well.
Right now, the average student who takes out loans to pay for school graduates with more than $26,000 in debt. Something’s got to change — it’s not enough just to tinker around the edges. We’ve got to shake up the current system.
My plan won’t be popular with everybody, especially those who profit from the way things are. But we owe it to our students to make sure that our colleges are working for them.
While we’ll need Congress’ help to get some of this done, my administration will continue to do what we can to make sure quality, affordable higher education is in reach for millions more young Americans.
So far, we’ve taken some good steps forward. We’ve published college scorecards to ensure that families are getting the best information as they pick a school, doubled funding for Pell grants, and established a college tax credit. And thanks to the income-based repayment program, which caps student loan payments based on new graduates’ incomes, 1.6 million young Americans can keep more money in their pockets.
But there’s much more we can and should do — this is key to creating a better bargain for the middle class.
That’s something I’ve talked a lot about — every day, I think about what I can do to live up to it.
That’s why I’m calling on Congress to tackle rising tuition costs and pass reforms, so families can get a better bargain when it comes to getting a world-class education.
I’m counting on OFA supporters to be part of this fight. Not much gets done in Washington without the voices of people like you.
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President Obama Speaks on College Affordability at Henninger High School
Syracuse, New York
White House Schedule – August 22, 2013
Thursday, August 22 2013 All Times ET
While in New York, the President will deliver remarks at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New Yorkand then travel to Syracuse, New York to speak atHenninger High School. At these two schools, the President will discuss his plan to make college more affordable, tackle rising costs, and improve value for students and their families. The President’s remarks at both sites are open press.
The President will remain overnight in Auburn, New York.
9:00 AM: The President departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews.
9:15 AM: The President departs Joint Base Andrews.
10:20 AM: The President departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews.
11:05 AM: The President delivers remarks.
5:55 PM: The President delivers remarks.
President will speak at at Lackawanna College onFriday
The President is scheduled to make a speech at Lackawanna College in Scranton on Friday, according to college spokeswoman Wendy Evans. Evans said the school has not been given a time for the event or a precise location, but the choices appear to be the school’s theater on Vine Street or the student center inside the former Scranton CYC building on Jefferson Avenue.
Lackawanna College President Mark Volk sent an email out to all college staff members Friday alerting them of the President’s visit. “As we begin a new year at Lackawanna College, I can think of no better visitor than the President of the United States. This will be a very busy … very happy start to the new school year,” he wrote.
The stop is part of a two-day bus trek through New York and Pennsylvania during which the President will discuss his plan to help the middle class and curb higher education costs.
Vice President Joe Biden is expected to join the President at his appearance in the city, according to Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty and a White House official.
On Thursday, President Obama will deliver remarks at the University at Buffalo and Henninger High School in Syracuse, N.Y. On Friday, the President will participate in a town hall event at Binghamton University and will deliver remarks at an event at Lackawanna College.
At each stop, the President will “discuss the importance of ensuring that every American has the opportunity to achieve a quality education by reducing cost and improving the value of higher education for middle-class students and their families,” according to an email sent to congressional offices by the White House and obtained by The Times Leader.
The tour extends President Obama’s recent effort to refocus on economic issues ahead of looming fiscal fights with Congress. In appearances at other cities, he has discussed infrastructure and housing.
President Obama has said he’s planning an aggressive strategy on education costs so Americans can get training needed for the rapidly changing economy. A first step came last week when Obama signed a bipartisan bill to restore lower student loan interest rates.
U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Moosic, has a scheduling conflict and will not be at the event, but he said he supports the President’s message. “I am committed making every effort to guarantee that students will be able to attend a school of their choosing by protecting federal grants and working to keep the cost of student loans low,” Cartwright said.
The last time President Obama visited the region was during the 2012 campaign when he spoke at Scranton High School. Before that, he hadn’t visited since the contested 2008 primary election campaign when he and Hillary Clinton both made frequent stops in the area.
President Obama visited Schott Glass in Duryea, then made a pit stop at the Avenue Diner in Wyoming during one visit. He also spoke at the Society of Irish Women’s dinner at the Radisson Hotel in Scranton, Wilkes University and the Dunmore Community Center Gymnasium.
The visit to Scranton has led to an alteration of the college’s schedule.
Orientation that had been set for Friday has been moved to the following Monday, “to give the college community maximum opportunity to participate in the Presidential event,” Volk said. That pushes Monday daytime classes at the Scranton campus to Tuesday. Monday’s evening classes will still take place.
At 11:05 a.m. ET tomorrow, the President will discuss his plan to make college more affordable at the University at Buffalo. You can watch his remarks live at wh.gov/a-better-bargain.
This week, President Obama will be on the road to talk about an ambitious new agenda to make college more affordable, tackle rising costs, and improve value for students and their families. Back at the White House, senior staff will be on hand to answer your questions on Twitter.
Have questions about the President’s plan? Tomorrow,Thursday, August 22nd at 1:00 p.m. ET join us for a session of White House Office Hours with Deputy Communications Director Katie Beirne-Fallon and Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council James Kvaal. During a live Q&A on Twitter they will answer your questions about President Obama’s plan to keep the cost of college within reach for middle-class families.
Here are the details:
- Ask your questions now and during the live event on Twitter with the hashtag #WHChat
- Follow the Q&A live through the @WHLive and @Katie44 Twitter accounts
- If you miss the live Q&A, the full session will be posted on WhiteHouse.gov and Storify.com/WhiteHouse
Take a few minutes to learn more about the President’s plan, and then join us for Office Hours on Twitter with Katie Beirne-Fallon and James Kvaal on Thursday, August 22nd at 1:00 p.m. ET.
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