08/24/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama Education Plan: $4 Billion Proposed, Will Be Used To Pressure Schools For Reforms

President Obama is leaning hard on the nation's schools, using the promise of more than $4 billion in federal aid -- and the threat of withholding it -- to strong-arm the education establishment to accept more charter schools and performance pay for teachers.

The pressure campaign has been underway for months as Education Secretary Arne Duncan travels the country delivering a blunt message to state officials who have resisted change for decades: Embrace reform or risk being shut out.

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