As Michelle Obama prepares to meet with educators in Florida this week, a top adviser to her campaign says the Democratic presidential nominee and her husband have discussed “issues and issues” with them about the nation’s education system, Politico reported Thursday.
Michelle Obama and her wife, former Secretary of State and Secretary of Education John Podesta, met Tuesday in a private meeting with educators and teachers, according to the Politico report.
The meeting comes after the Obama campaign released a video on Tuesday that showed the former secretary of state talking about the need for reform in education, which the campaign called “deeply troubling” and “a stark contrast to the progress the nation has made under her husband’s watch.”
In the video, which has since been deleted, the former first lady spoke about the Obama administration’s education agenda.
She also said that education should be a priority in the next presidential election.
“We’re going to be focused on education, education is one of the things that’s really important for us,” Michelle Obama said.
“And that’s not something that has to be partisan.
It’s not about one side of the aisle or the other.
It is about a belief that education matters.”
Michelle Obama, who is running for president in 2016, told teachers last month that she wanted to address “the fact that in many communities, we are failing our children.”
Michelle said that in her first year as secretary of State, she worked with school districts across the country to create and implement policies that “made education a priority for children.”
She also noted that “there are lots of ways to improve educational outcomes, and we’re working with states to do that.”
In March, Michelle Obama made her first official trip to Panhandle in the lead up to the 2016 elections.
She told educators that she had been impressed by their “heartfelt concern for our kids and their futures,” and that the former president wanted to “make sure that we’re all part of making the greatest impact possible.”