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John Legend talks education reform, music with a message and No Child Left Behind




John Legend will be at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg next Tuesday night. But only part of his agenda is music. Most of the evening will be dedicated to a discussion of education. In what is billed as"An Intimate Evening with John Legend," the R&B singer will only play four or five songs accompanied just by a piano (singers from the St. Petersburg Boys and Girls Clubs are also expected to perform).

Eric Deggans recently chatted with Legend about education reform, as well as music that has a positive message (like his song Shine from the documentary Waiting For Superman) and the controversial No Child Left Behind initiative

"People have kind of overdemonized No Child Left Behind, I think, because it's so draconian in some of its labeling of schools that are failing," Legend said. "But I do believe (it) has introduced the idea that we need to measure our schools and our students' progress. We do have to have data, we do have to have measurement, we do have to have accountability."

Legend performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Mahaffey. Tickets are $55-$85. Click here for info.

For more of Eric's interview with John Legend, click here.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 9:45am]


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