Obama: Daughters Won't Get as "Rigorous" an Education at D.C. Public School

Saying no issue is more important than education, President Obama on Monday sat down with Matt Lauer on the Today show for a 30-minute interview and discussion with the public, kicking off the network's Education Nation, a week-long exploration of how to improve the country's teaching system.

During the interview, Obama said he wanted to make high quality schools available to all students, but that not enough children in the U.S. currently have access to top-notch schools. When an audience member from Florida asked the president if his own children, Malia, 12, and Sasha, 9, would get the same rigorous education if they attended public schools in Washington, D.C., instead of their private school, he called the schools there "struggling" and admitted they would not. "I'll be blunt with you," he said. "The answer is no."


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