Obama Meets With Sharpton, Gingrich, Bloomberg On Education

The Rev. Al Sharpton, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA) speak to the media outside the West Wing of the White House May 7, 2009 in Washington, DC. The three had a meeting with President Obama to discuss education reform.

President Barack Obama on Thursday discussed ways to improve the education system with the unlikely political trio of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the Rev. Al Sharpton and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

The independent mayor, the liberal Democrat and community activist, and the conservative former Republican congressman said their partnership shows that the issue cuts across political and ideological lines.

Improving the education system is a top issue for Obama. He maintains that students who do better in school will help themselves in an economy that’s becoming more dependent on high-skilled jobs, and that the nation will benefit in the long run, too.


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