The $789 billion economic stimulus package includes $115 billion in new education funding, dollars that will be used for things like school renovation, and .
But Obama is also calling on parents to do what no government program can: "There is no program or policy that can substitute for a mother or father who will attend those parent-teacher conferences or help with the homework or turn off the TV, put away the video games, or read to their child. Responsibility for our children's education must begin at home," he told a joint session of Congress last month.
assumed office two months ago, he's put forth an ambitious . High on his list: Improving education and urging parents to do their part.