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Monday, February 10, 2014
Making Progress on ConnectED
On Tuesday, President Obama
visited Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, Maryland, to promote his ConnectED
Initiative, which aims to enrich K-12 education in America.
"ConnectED empowers teachers with
the best technology and the training to make the most of it, and empowers
students through individualized learning and rich, digital content.”
In a technologically-drive era,
fewer than 30% of America’s schools have the capacity needed to incorporate
technology in the education system. The Initiative helps bridge this gap by
equipping America’s students with the skills and experiences needed to secure
jobs and compete with countries in the future.
The President also announced that
private-sector companies—such as Apple, AT&T, and Microsoft—have committed
more than $750 million to deliver cutting-edge technologies in the future.
Read more here.
Photo of the Day: First Lady Visit to FAFSA
First Lady Michelle Obama
takes a selfie with Baltimore student Lawrence Lawson’s phone following a FAFSA
(Free Application for Federal Student Aid) workshop at T.C. Williams High
School in Alexandria, Va., Feb. 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda
On Wednesday, First Lady Michelle
Obama visited T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia, to meet with
students at a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) workshop. She
also spent time delivering some encouraging remarks to the students in pursuit
of higher education:
"For those of you who might be
wondering why the First Lady is here just to watch you fill out a computer
form, it’s because completing this form is a critical start to completing your
education. And as the president and I will continue to stress over the next
several years and beyond to young people throughout this country, completing
your education – whether it’s a 2-year or 4-year college, or vocational program
– is the single most important thing you can do for your future. That is it.
There’s nothing that compares to getting your education.”
"With a good education, you can
get a job that pays a decent salary or more. You can provide for your family,
which is key. And you can become whatever you dream of becoming, which is the
kind of freedom that I want all of you to have. And filling out the FAFSA form
is one of the first and most important steps you can take in that journey.”
To read the First Lady’s full
remarks, click here.
Support for Today’s Joan Holloways
In his State of the Union address
last week, President Obama emphasized a core issue that has affected
generations of working women. "A woman deserves to have a baby without
sacrificing her job. A mother deserves a day off to care for a sick child or
sick parent without running into hardship. And you know what, a father does
too. It is time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a ‘Mad Men’
Latifa Lyles, Acting Director of
the Women’s Bureau at the Department of Labor, supported the President’s
comment regarding women in the work force, and the overall inadequate support
for working families in America.
"Since the 1960s, much has
changed for women in the labor force. The number ofwomen and mothers in
the workforce has risen dramatically, as has their share of household income.
Unfortunately, no matter what their occupation, little has changed in terms of
workplace support for those that have babies or sick relatives to care for.
While there arelaws in place to help protect against pregnancy
discrimination, pregnancy and family responsibilities
discriminationpersists, and working women risk losing their jobs, not
getting hired or missing out on promotions due to pregnancy.”
Read more here.
Caring for the Caregivers
Vice President Joe Biden
and Dr. Jill Biden host a Wounded Warrior barbecue at the Naval Observatory
Residence, Sept. 11, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
On Wednesday, Dr. Jill Biden
delivered opening remarks at an event on the expanding role of caregivers in
"So as the number of caregivers
among us continues to increase, we need to find more and effective ways to
support caregivers and their efforts. Caregivers face a delicate balance of
protecting their loved one's dignity and independence while making hard choices
- such as when to take the car keys or checkbook away or how to help with
personal care someone can no longer do for themselves.”
"This is an important
conversation that will continue later this spring at the White House Summit on
Working Families, co-hosted by the Center for American Progress and the
Department of Labor. In the interim, we should all find ways to connect with
the experience of caregivers, and think about the steps - big and small - we
can take, so that all of our loved ones and their caregivers get the support
Read more here.
Moving Forward to Protect Native American
Women: Justice Department Announces VAWA 2013 Pilot Project for Tribes
The President and his
Administration are making it a priority to improve the safety our nation’s
tribal communities, especially for Native American women.
A recent study by the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention revealed that "46% of Native American women have
experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in
their lifetime.” Last year, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett highlighted this
issue when she visited with tribal criminal justice leaders engaged in ending
violence against Native women.
On Thursday, the Attorney General
announced that three American Indian tribes – the Confederated Tribes of the
Umatilla Indian Reservation of Oregon, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona, and
the Tulalip Tribes of Washington – will participate in the Department of
Justice’s (DOJ) Pilot Project to implement the President’s recently
reauthorized Violence Against Women Act.
"Crimes of domestic violence
committed on the reservations of these tribes will be subject to tribal
criminal prosecution, regardless of the defendant’s status as an Indian or
non-Indian. The Pilot Projects are vital to delivering justice for Native
American women who are victims of domestic violence and to providing a safer
and more secure Indian Country.”
"Tribal participation in these
Pilot Projects is crucial in building a better criminal justice system,
bolstering tribal control and authority, and ultimately saving the lives of
Native American women.”
Read more here.