On primary-secondary education, as on most topics, Mr. Obama stayed at 30,000 feet. The main themes he sounded, however, are fine: use federal education dollars to reward success, not failure; apply Arne Duncan’s “race to the top” reform priorities to the mega-bucks Elementary/Secondary Education Act; and keep a “competitive” element in this rather than simply distributing dollars via formula. All extremely hard to do but all worth doing.
The White House blog has specifics on Obama’s education plans, which include trying to reauthorize (in modified form) No Child Left Behind.
Hess notes that education got no more than 90 seconds of a 70-minute speech.