The NAACP is going on the offensive on education, deploying volunteers across the country in its biggest push for a public education overhaul since the nation's classrooms were ordered desegregated in 1954, the civil rights group said Thursday, the Associated Press reports. The volunteers, who have been trained for the past two years, will lobby at the state and county levels for four educational priorities:

_ Extended school hours and years in school

_ Improved teacher training

_ Improved preschool programs

_ Better targeting of spending to the neediest of students

Such changes for all children, not just minorities, are the only way to ensure...

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