Michelle Obama Kicks Off New Education Initiative

Source: AP / New York Daily News

Edging into a broader policy role, Michelle Obama is joining President Barack Obama’s efforts to get the United States on track to have the highest percentage of college graduates by 2020.

Mrs. Obama spoke to students Tuesday at Bell Multicultural High School just a few miles from the White House. Officials say the event is part of what will be a broader focus for the first lady on getting students — especially those in underserved communities — on track to attend college.

The first lady told students that meeting the 2020 goal is important, but their personal success is just as significant.

“No matter what the president does, no matter what your teachers and principals do, or whatever is going on in your home or neighborhood, the person with the biggest impact on your education is you,” Mrs. Obama said. “It’s going to take young people like all of you across the country stepping up and taking control of your education.”

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