His stimulus package adds $200 million to a fund that supports new teacher compensation systems.
One thing holding the teaching profession back is its vastly outdated pay system, say proponents of new compensation plans.
About a quarter of the new money is aimed at low-income pupils, to help with the achievement gap.
Federal construction money is OK; No Child Left Behind isn't.
No Child Left Behind and Medicare expansion were bold strokes. On global warming, he moved glacially.
But science scores are stagnant in an international study of fourth- and eighth-graders.
The $86 billion system is so complex and piecemeal that experts call for an overhaul.