*Just before his taped episode of “The View” aired Thursday at 11 a.m. EST, President Obama wrapped up live remarks about his administration’s new education initiative “Race to the Top,” at the National Urban League 100th Anniversary Convention in Washington.

The president spoke at length about the program as well as other initiatives designed to help students prepare for college.

President Obama also spoke about reforms undertaken in the past year and a half by states, school districts, schools systems and teachers unions, including the improvement of teacher effectiveness and bringing about a turnaround with low-performing schools.

Watch the full speech below, or click here to read the complete speech transcript.

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