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Dr. James Comer on Race to the Top
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Dr. James Comer has been working with low-achieving schools for more than 40 years.  His educational model, used in more than 1,000 schools nationwide, puts kids’ social and emotional development first. Comer says in the right school culture, kids are motivated to learn. Speaking on WNPR’s Where We Live, Comer expressed optimism about President Obama’s financial investment in public education.

"But the emphasis on RTT does it simply mean doing more of what we did before? What I worry about is whether they are paying sufficient attention to the application of child and adolescent development principles."

Most educators expect Race to the Top guidelines to become future federal requirements once the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is reauthorized. 

For WNPR, I’m Diane Orson.