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President Obama Urges Action on Expanding College Access

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President Barack Obama says the U.S. still has a long way to go to open the door to college for low-income Americans. 
 
Obama is convening an education summit at the White House. More than 100 college leaders are vowing to take steps to expand access to higher education.
 
Obama says more than ever before, a college degree is the surest path to a stable, middle-class life. He says as the economy improves, the U.S. must ensure that everyone has economic opportunities.
 
Obama says developing the talent of high-achieving students could have a "transformative effect."
 
First lady Michelle Obama says kids will notice if leaders don't hold up their end of the bargain. She says the nation can't encourage young people to pursue college, then provide no help when they do.

The participating schools have agreed to take action in one of four areas:
 
   --Helping low-income students connect with colleges that can meet their needs and then seeking to ensure that they graduate.
 
   --Reaching out to elementary, middle and high school students in hopes that by engaging earlier, more students will be encouraged to pursue higher education.
 
   --Boosting remedial programs so underprepared students will still have opportunities to succeed.
 
   --Seeking to ensure lower-income students aren't disadvantaged by lack of access to college advisers and inability to prepare for entrance exams like the SAT and ACT.
 
"However much inequality and opportunity there is by the time kids get to 11th grade, those of us who are more fortunate exacerbate that inequality out of a desire to do what's best for our kids. We spend enormous time with college counselors, enormous time in SAT-ACT preparation," Gene Sperling, the director of the White House's National Economic Council said. "Those things are not available for lower-income kids."   (AP)

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