Together again: Obama, teacher unions to push universal preschool

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, President Barack Obama and the nation’s teacher unions have patched up their differences and renewed their political love affair.

The reconciliation was apparent during last night’s State of the Union address, in which the president presented a series of union-friendly education proposals that he wants to pursue during his second term.

The speech marks a significant shift in the president’s approach to improving the nation’s education system, notes the Huffington Post.

“His first term focused on drastic changes to K-12 public schools, while his second term will likely emphasize higher education and early education,” the Huffington Post reports.

The Post continues: “It’s not just a structural shift. It’s political. Many of Obama’s and Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s K-12 fights alienated one of their party’s core constituents, the teachers unions. The administration publicly sparred with the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers over issues concerning teacher quality and the use of standardized tests.”

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