President Barack Obama strongly restated his support for charter schools on Wednesday, despite reservations by Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, who wants to cut state spending for charters.
The country has "got to experiment with ways to provide a better education experience" for its children, Obama said in an interview with The Plain Dealer and other newspapers.
Citing Cleveland's high dropout rate and inability to prepare many students for college, the president said he wants to "create laboratories of innovation so that in the public school system, we are on a race to the top as opposed to stuck in the old ways of doing things."
Charter schools, educating about 4 percent of Ohio's children, operate like private schools but get state and some federal funding.
Obama meantime gave support to charter schools in a speech on education Tuesday, and told The Plain Dealer on Wednesday that they should be part of a mix to improve education.
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