As more than a million people flooded the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20 to watch Barack Obama become the first black president of the United States, many had high hopes for what he can do for education while in office--including the new president himself.

"Our schools fail too many," Obama said during his inauguration speech to a huge crowd that nodded in agreement. "Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious, and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this,


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