State of the Union Bingo 2012: Download Your Bingo Card and Watch the State of the Union Address on January 24
On Tuesday, January 24, at 9:00 p.m. EST, President Barack Obama will give the 2012 State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress.
The State of the Union address allows the president to report on the condition of the nation, but also gives him a national stage on which to outline his legislative agenda for the coming year.
Will President Obama's legislative agenda in 2012 include education reform? The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), is ten years old and is long overdue for a revamp. Both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives are considering legislation to rewrite NCLB, but few people expect a final bill to reach the president's desk in 2012.
Will the president use the State of the Union address to urge Congress to speed up its work on revamping NCLB? Or will he stick to more general themes linking education to better outcomes for individuals and the nation? Will he even mention education at all? (We're betting that he will.)
To help you keep track of these and other issues, the Alliance for Excellent Education has brought back its popular State of the Union Bingo cards.
There are three different versions of the cards if you want to play with friends or would like to play more than one card at a time. Click on a Bingo card below to download it. You're on your own for popcorn, magic markers, and other State of the Union-watching essentials.
Follow the State of the Union conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #SOTU. And while you're on Twitter, be sure to follow the Alliance at twitter.com/all4ed so we can live chat or go head-to-head in Bingo during the State of the Union address.
If you'd like to make predictions on which issues President Obama will focus, please feel free to do so in the comments section below.