- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 19, 2009

LOS ANGELES (AP) - President Barack Obama says those demanding more money for education should be willing to embrace reform, too.

Speaking at a town-hall event in Los Angeles on Thursday, Obama said: “You can’t have something for nothing.”

The president was responding to a woman who told him that California schools were facing enormous deficits. She told the president: “We need help.”

Obama says his administration is pushing to spend more on education. But he noted that state and local governments spend the most on schools and will keep doing so.

He says schools pleading for more money must be willing to consider better testing of kids. He also says schools should endorse training teachers or getting rid of the ones who are not doing the job.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ President Barack Obama is announcing fresh aid to struggling homeowners in California.

Obama says California was receiving $145 million to help communities hardest hit by the home foreclosure crisis. He says the money would be used to buy up and rehabilitate vacant homes, and provide loans to poorer and middle-income families to help with home assistance.

Obama was in California to highlight the help they will receive from a $787 billion stimulus plan. He also was promoting his budget plan before a cheering audience far from Washington.

He announced a new Web site to help people around the nation. It is called http://www.makinghomeaffordable.gov/.

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