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Obama will visit Miami high school Friday with Jeb Bush



President Obama will travel to Miami Central Senior High on Friday and be joined by former Gov. Jeb Bush. The White House said the president will discuss "how winning the future in education will require investments that promote a shared responsibility among everyone involved; reform at the state and local levels; and focus on achieving results."

Also attending will be U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

White House: "Central has been awarded Title I School Improvement Grant funds which support the improvement of persistently low-achieving schools. The Central community has chosen the turnaround model for school improvement, which involves replacing the principal, rehiring no more than 50% of the staff, and granting the principal sufficient operational flexibility to fully implement a comprehensive approach to substantially improve student outcomes. Central has implemented rigorous interventions and shown steady progress since the 2005-06 school year – the additional resources made available through the federal grant are supporting these efforts.

Miami Dade County is taking turnaround work seriously. The school district created the Education Transformation Office (ETO) to support their 19 persistently low-achieving schools, dubbed the "Rising 19." The ETO offers these schools intensive, individualized support on areas ranging from operations, to curriculum and instruction, professional development for teachers, and strategies to engage parents and families."


[Last modified: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 3:08pm]


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