From The Washington Post:
For more than 20 minutes, the Illinois Democrat laced the language of uplift and challenge with the acronyms of education and reform: GEAR UP and TRIO, a proposed Service Scholarship program to replace retiring teachers, a Teacher Residency Program to recruit them at mid-career from other professions, and the Career Ladder Initiative to reward teachers who mentor others.
In a snug auditorium packed with education professionals, the loudest cheers greeted his critique of President Bush's No Child Left Behind initiative, which Obama blasted for forcing teachers and students to spend most of the year preparing for a single, high-stakes standardized test without offering sufficient resources.
But in the end, the message from the stage really did seem to be that it's about one person making a difference.
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Here's the full video of his speech: