[caption id="attachment_31938" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="For the U.S. to lead the world in education, states need to raise their academic standards, Obama says."]In order for U.S. to be first in world education, states need to raise their academic standards.[/caption]

Saying America’s “primacy in the world” is at stake, President Barack Obama on Feb. 22 prodded states to raise their academic standards by using the best leverage he has: money.

Speaking to governors gathered at the White House, Obama said he won’t “accept second place for the United States of America.” He noted that it continues...

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