Reaction Mostly Positive To Obama's Education Plan

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Over 100 people who showed up at Henninger High School in Syracuse with tickets were turned away at the door, as the gym filled up about an hour before the president's speech.

7 News reporter Chris Horvatits attended the speech. Click on the picture for his look at the reaction.

Most of the students in the crowd approved of Obama's message.

"The fact that everything that he's doing pertains to us in the middle class families, it's perfect," Emilio Ortiz, the student who introduced the president.

"It was just inspiring," Kahlil Crawley said, "plain and simple, inspiring."

As the president laid out his plan to get more high school graduates into college, and make it more affordable, north country universities, even the expensive ones, stand with the president in stressing the value of schools.

St. Lawrence University, the region's most expensive college, released a statement saying in part: "St. Lawrence University shares President Obama's goals of access and affordability and is committed to providing an exceptional education with the best possible value, and to making this education available to students with a range of financial needs."

Clarkson University Vice President of External Relations Kelly Chezum: "Clarkson University is at the forefront of supporting President Obama's 'shake up' for higher education and is confident about how this upstate New York research university will fare in the new scorecards for colleges and universities."

(See more reaction from Clarkson.)

President Obama expects those scorecards to be released in 2015. The north county colleges have until then to improve their rating. 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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