Talking Education in Miami

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With Jeb Bush at his side, President Obama speaks Fri. from the Miami Central High School, promotes technical training to “win the future.”

Defends spending: “If we want more good news on the jobs front, then we need to make more investments in education. I am not willing to give up on any child in America.”

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT

TO STUDENTS AND FACULTY OF MIAMI CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL

Miami Central High School

Miami, Florida

4:00 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Rockets! (Applause.) Thank you! (Applause.) Thank you, everybody. (Applause.) Everybody, have a seat, have a seat. Have a seat. It is good to be here today! (Applause.) I’m excited! I am thrilled to be here, Rockets. Bonswa. It is good to see all of you.

I want to, first of all, thank somebody who I think is going to end up being one of the best Education Secretaries that we’ve ever had, Arne Duncan, for being here. (Applause.) We also have — your congresswoman, Frederica Wilson, is here. Give her a big round of applause. (Applause.)

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is here — give her a big round of applause. (Applause.) Your outstanding school superintendent, Alberto Carvalho — give him a big round of applause. (Applause.) And a very, very impressive principal — Renina Turner. (Applause.) Give it up for Renina Turner. (Applause.)

I gather we also have some members of the football team here. (Applause.) I understand you guys were state champs — is that right? (Applause.) They look pretty big. (Laughter.) And some of them aren’t smiling, you know — (laughter) — they’ve got their game face on. (Applause.)

We are also honored to be joined here today by another champion of education reform, somebody who championed reform when he was in office, somebody who is now championing reform as a private citizen — Jeb Bush. (Applause.) And we are grateful — we’re grateful for him being here. Aside from being a former governor of this great state, Jeb of course is best known as the brother of Marvin Bush. (Laughter.) Apparently the rest of the family also did some work back in Washington back in the day. (Laughter.)

The truth is I’ve gotten to know Jeb because his family exemplifies public service. And we are so grateful to him for the work that he’s doing on behalf of education. So, thank you, Jeb. (Applause.)

Now, I just had a chance to take a tour here at Miami Central — (applause) — met your outstanding principal, Ms. Turner. I talked to some of the great students who are here. We went through a lab — they had robots, they had computers with vectors and this and that. And I was a little confused, but I nodded, pretending like I understood what was going on. (Laughter.) And it’s inspiring to think about where you were just a few years ago and then where you are today. (Applause.) Right? You came together to turn this school around. (Applause.) And I think the rest of us can learn something from that –- because that’s what we’re going to need to do all across the country right now.

We are at a pivotal turning point. We just came through a tough recession that’s taken a big toll on families here in Florida and all across the country. And to accelerate our recovery in the short term we took some essential steps to spur hiring and economic growth, including tax cuts that are making Americans’ paychecks bigger and letting businesses write off their investments –- and I am proud — I’m proud that Republicans and Democrats came together to get that done.

And you’re already seeing those steps make a difference. This morning we learned that the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in nearly two years. (Applause.) Our economy added another 222,000 jobs in the private sector. (Applause.) That’s the 12th straight month of private sector job growth. So our economy has now added 1.5 million private sector jobs over the last year. And that’s progress. (Applause.)

But we need to keep building on that momentum. And in a world that’s more competitive, more connected than ever before, that means answering some difficult questions: How do we attract new jobs? How do we attract new businesses? How do we attract new industries to our shores? How do we grow our economy and out-compete countries around the world? How do we make sure all of you — all of our students, whether they go to Miami Central or anyplace else –- how do we make sure you have a chance at the American Dream?

That’s why I’m here today. That’s what I want to talk to you about. Because in today’s economy, companies are making decisions about where to locate and who to hire based on a few key factors. They’re looking for faster, more reliable transportation and communications networks, like high-speed railroads and high-speed Internet. (Applause.) They’re looking for a commitment to innovation and investments in basic research –- so that companies can profit from new ideas and new discoveries. But most of all, the single most important thing companies are looking for are highly skilled, highly educated workers. (Applause.) That’s what they’re looking for. More than ever before, companies hire where the talent is.

Now, I want all the young people here to listen, because over the next 10 years, nearly half of all new jobs are going to require a level of education that goes beyond a high school degree. So, first of all, you can’t drop out. You can’t even think about dropping out. (Applause.) You can’t even think about dropping out. But it’s not going to be enough just to graduate from high school. You’re going to need some additional education. And a good education equals a good job. If we want more good news on the jobs front, then we’ve got to make more investments in education. As a nation, making these investments -– in education, in innovation, in infrastructure –- all of them are essential.

Now, what makes it tough is that we’re in a difficult fiscal situation, as well. For too long, the government has been spending more than it takes in. So in order to make sure we can keep doing our part to invest in Miami Central, to invest in your schools, to invest in Pell Grants, to invest in your education, then we’re also going to have to get serious about cutting whatever spending we don’t need.

So what I’ve done is I’ve called for a five-year freeze on annual domestic spending -– and that freeze would cut the deficit by more than $400 billion over the next decade, and it will bring that kind of spending to a lower share of our economy than has been true for the last 50 years. To achieve those savings, we’ve proposed eliminating more than 200 federal programs. We’re freezing the salaries of hardworking civil servants for the next two years. We’re finding ways to save billions of dollars, of tax dollars, by selling, for example, 14,000 government properties that we don’t need anymore.

And that’s just a start. If we’re serious about tackling our long-run fiscal challenges, we’re going to have to cut excessive spending wherever we find it -– in defense spending, in spending on entitlements, spending through tax breaks and loopholes. And I’m going to be sitting down with Democrats and Republicans to figure out how we can reduce our deficits.

But I want everybody to understand, our job is not just to cut. Even as we find ways to cut spending, what we can’t do is cut back on investments like education that will help us create jobs and grow our economy. (Applause.) We can’t sacrifice your future.

Think about your family. Let’s say something tough happens — somebody gets laid off in the family, or you have a medical emergency. If you’re a family that has to cut back, what do you do? First thing you do is you give things you don’t need. So you give up vacations. Maybe you eat out a little bit less. Maybe you don’t buy as many new clothes. Maybe you don’t buy that new car that you thought you needed. But the last thing you give up on is saving for your child’s college education. (Applause.) The last thing you give up on is making sure that your children have the books they need and the computers they need — because you know that’s going to be the key to his or her success in life, over the long term.

Well, the same is true for our country. When we sacrifice our commitment to education, we’re sacrificing our future. And we can’t let that happen. Our kids deserve better. Our country deserves better.

And over the course of March, what we’re calling Education Month around the White House, I’m going to be traveling the country, and Arne is going to be traveling the country, and we’re going to be talking to parents and students and educators about what we need to do to achieve reform, promote responsibility, and deliver results when it comes to education. (Applause.)

And I decided to come here to Miami Central to kick off Education Month — (applause) — because you’re doing what I challenged states to do shortly after I took office, and that’s turning America’s lowest-performing schools around. This is something that hasn’t received as much attention as it should. But it could hardly be more important to our country.

Right now, there are about 2,000 high schools in America -– about 12 percent of the total number of high schools in America –- that produce nearly half of the young people who drop out of school. You’ve got 2,000 schools — about half the dropouts come out of those 2,000 schools. And we know these schools are often found in rural areas or in big cities like Miami. Many of these schools have lots of Haitian Americans and African Americans, Latino and other minority students.

And Miami Central used to be one of these schools. Used to. (Applause.) But it’s important for us to remember where we’ve been so we know where we need to go. I mean, this used to be a place where the problems on the streets followed kids into the classrooms. It was hard for young people to learn; where the dream of college was out of reach for too many; where there was a culture of failure that brought everybody down.

Now, turning around these schools isn’t easy. A lot of people used to argue, well, all they need is more money. But money is not alone going to do the job. We also have to reform how things are done. It isn’t easy to turn around an expectation of failure and make that into an expectation of excellence. In fact, it’s one of the hardest things you can do. And there is always plenty of naysayers out there who will say it’s not even possible. Who say that turning around a failing school means just throwing good money after bad. Who say too many of these schools are beyond repair. Who say we ought to give up on those schools and focus on places that have more breaks and have a little more going for them.

Here’s what I say. I say I am not willing to give up on any child in America. (Applause.) I say I’m not willing to give up on any school in America. (Applause.) I do not accept failure here in America. (Applause.) I believe the status quo is unacceptable; it is time to change it. And it’s time we came together — just like Jeb and I are doing today -– coming from different parties but we come together not as Democrats or Republicans, as Americans –- to lift up all of our schools — (applause) — and to prepare students like you for a 21st century economy. (Applause.) To give every child in America a chance to make the most of their God-given potential.

Now, the good news is we know what works. We can see it in schools and communities across the country every day. We see it in a place like Bruce Randolph School in Denver. This was rated one of the worst schools in Colorado three years ago but last May graduated 97 percent of its seniors. (Applause.) And by the way, most of them are the first in their family to go to college. (Applause.)

We can see it in Mastery Charter School in Philadelphia, where four times as many students are proficient in math, and violence is down 80 percent compared to just a few years ago. (Applause.)

And of course, we can see it right here at Miami Central. (Applause.) A little more than a decade ago, when the state exams started, Miami Central scored a D in each of its first five years. Then it scored an F in each of the five years after that. Halls were literally littered with garbage. One of the buildings here was called the Fish Bowl because it was always flooded. (Laughter.) In one survey, only a third of all students said they felt safe at school. Think about that — only a third.

Today, Mrs. Turner, all the outstanding students here, all the students here, you’ve put those days behind you. (Applause.) You’ve put those days behind you. (Applause.) I mean, I know that — I know you still face challenges. I know you still face challenges; things aren’t perfect. But over the past five years, you started to excel academically. Performance has skyrocketed by more than 60 percent in math, about 40 percent in writing. (Applause.) Graduation rates went from 36 percent — now they’re at 63 percent. And I expect them to be at 100 percent. (Applause.)

You are proving the naysayers wrong –- you are proving that progress is possible. It’s possible because of your principal; it’s possible because of all the great teachers that are going above and beyond for their students, including the Teach for America Corps members who are here today. (Applause.) We’re proud of them. (Applause.) To all of the teachers here, I hope you will stay with the Miami Central family as long as you can –- (applause) — because this community has already benefited so much from your teaching and your mentorship and your dedication.

You know, I was reading the other day an article — this is just a couple days ago — in The New York Times about how teachers were just feeling beat up, just not feeling as if folks understood how much work went into teaching and how dedicated they were to the success of their students. And so I want to be very clear here. We are proud of what you guys do each and every day. (Applause.) We are proud of what you do each and every day. (Applause.) We need to honor teachers.

AUDIENCE: Yes!

THE PRESIDENT: Countries that are successful right now academically, typically teachers are considered one of the top professions.

Now, let’s face it, I mean, we also have to make sure there’s accountability for our schools. And turning things around here meant replacing a principal and replacing some teachers. And that’s tough work. It shouldn’t be undertaken lightly. But your school did it the right way –- with a process that even had the support of teachers and their local unions, because you recognized that partnership among teachers and school administrators and the community, that’s the path to reform. It isn’t easy. But I want to thank the school board and the superintendent and the union for working together to do the right thing for your students. You guys deserve a lot of congratulations. (Applause.) We appreciate you. (Applause.)

Progress has also been possible thanks to math and science coaches, and extra learning time in after-school, and Saturday school, and summer school. I didn’t get as much applause about that. (Laughter.) But it’s good for you guys to get more learning and be in the classroom more. You still have time for the video games. (Laughter.) You guys never catch a break — you don’t even get snow days down here, do you? (Laughter.)

And you’ve got a technology program here that’s preparing kids for the manufacturing jobs of tomorrow. I saw some of the work that was doing — that they were doing in this lab. It was outstanding stuff. And it matched up with — when I go to factories all across America, you can’t work on a factory floor today if you don’t have training in computers and you have basic math skills and understand technology. Those are the jobs of tomorrow.

You’ve got an entrepreneurship program that’s helping students start their own businesses. And you have mentors from the local business community. You’ve set up a Parent Academy to make sure parents are meaningfully engaged in their children’s education — (applause) — because you can’t expect the schools to do everything; parents have to step up, too, and set high expectations. (Applause.)

I say this wherever I go — when I hear people complaining about the schools, nothing we do at school will make a difference unless all of us parents step up at home — (applause) — and instill in our kids the self-confidence, but also self-discipline, and a work ethic that — a work ethic that’s at the heart of success in school and in life. School is not supposed to be easy. Nothing worthwhile is easy. (Applause.) Nothing worthwhile is easy. (Applause.)

I mean, the football players understand that. I know training to be state champs can’t be easy. But why is it sometimes we think — we expect people to be working out hard on the football field, and then suddenly everybody is surprised when you’ve got to work out hard in the math lab. (Applause.) Same principle applies. You’ve got to work hard to achieve your goals. (Applause.)

So outstanding teachers and principals, a common mission, a culture of high expectations -– that’s what it takes to turn a school around. That’s what accounts for progress here at Miami Central. And that’s why we are going to support you with what we call School Improvement Grants. You’re one of nearly a thousand schools across America that we’re helping turn around by spurring reform from the bottom up. The bottom up. (Applause.) And the approach that we’re taking with School Improvement Grants and school turnarounds is the same approach that we’re taking on all our education reform efforts. The idea is very simple. Instead of pouring money into a broken system, we launched a competition that we call Race to the Top. And it basically says to states: Prove that you are serious about reform.

We said to all 50 states, if you show the most innovative plans for improving teacher quality and student achievement, boosting low-performing schools, then we’ll show you the money.

And for less than 1 percent of what we spend on education each year, Race to the Top has led 40 states to raise their standards for teaching and learning. And those standards weren’t developed by bureaucrats in Washington; Republican and Democratic governors across the country developed these reforms. That’s the kind of bottom-up approach that we need to follow. We want to work with Congress this year to fix the current education law and make sure that it focuses on responsibility and reform and results.

And because we know the single most important factor in a student’s success from the moment they step into school is the person standing in front of the classroom, we want to recruit and prepare a new generation of teachers, including 100,000 new math and science teachers over the next decade. We’ve got to get them in the classroom. (Applause.)

With all of these steps, I am confident that by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. That’s our goal. That’s our goal. (Applause.) That’s how we’ll out-educate other countries. That’s how we’ll out-compete with other countries tomorrow. That’s how we’ll win the future for the United States of America.

So I’m going to keep the pressure on everybody in Washington. I know Jeb and Superintendent and everybody here, you’re going to stay focused on students in the Sunshine State. And I know that Ms. Turner, she’s not going to let up until Miami Central goes from that F-grade all the way up to an A-grade. Ms. Turner means business. (Applause.)

Mrs. Turner means business. You know, she has that nice pretty smile, and she’s all quiet. (Laughter.) But you can tell she’s like, “no, don’t mess with me.” (Laughter.) That’s right.

Of course, ultimately, Ms. Turner, she’d say for herself she’s not the only reason Miami Central has been making progress; she’s not the only reason you’re turning this school around. The most important reason is you, the students here at Miami Central. (Applause.) A few years ago, when it looked like the state might have to shut down Miami Central, the students took matters into their own hands. You took control of your own destiny. You said some things that are worth repeating. Here are some of the things that students said:

“We’re going to do more than pass the [state] test. We’re going to kill it.” (Applause.)

Quote — “I don’t want my school to close. We can’t let that happen.”

“We really, really tried hard this year. We don’t give up.”

“If we were going to get through this successfully, we’ve got to come together as a student body.”

So that’s what you guys did. You came together as a student body. You didn’t give up. And that’s why I’m going to be leaving here so full of hope. I’m full of hope about Miami Central’s future, I’m full of hope about America’s future, because I’m full of hope about your future.

And, Rockets, if you keep on reaching for success, and show the same passion, the same determination, the same hard work, the same devotion to excellence as you do, I’m confident we’re not only going to lift up our schools, we will produce the best-educated people in the world, our economy will grow, our country will prosper, and a new and better day will come for the American people.

Thank you, everybody. God bless you. God bless the United States of America. (Applause.)

END 4:26 P.M. EST

POOL REPORT FOUR
POTUS stopped by Central’s library to speak with what the pool estimates was approximately 250 high school students. According to Coach Wilder, who is the head coach of Miami’s boys basketball team, the kids were selected from among the school’s best students, including ROTC, and a group called “5,000 Role Models,” which is a program geared toward teaching self-esteem to African American males.

When Obama walked into the room the kids erupted in screams and applause, standing on tables and taking pictures. Pool was told that they were surprised, although Obama spoke under a home-made sign that read “Miami Welcomes President Obama.” Obama wanted to speak to some of the kids who couldn’t fit in the auditorium for his main remarks, he told them.

While teachers struggled to keep the kids quiet Obama stood on a small podium and said “That’s alright, I’m excited too.”

Obama couldn’t quiet them down, so he waited for a few moments before continuing.

“I’m not going to give a long speech here but I’m going to give a long speech in the auditorium,” Obama said. “I just wanted to say how very proud we are of the work you guys have been doing.”

“Just a few years ago this school was really in trouble,” Obama continued. “A lot of young people, they were seeing their futures slipping away.”

“The turnaround that has been accomplished here is the reason I wanted to come here.”

“Its sending a message to kids across the country that there’s nothing we can’t accomplish when we put our minds to it.”

When Obama’s brief remarks came to a close, the students resumed their screaming. He caused a near mob by surprising them and coming down to shake a few hands. The kids rushed each other, standing on chairs to try to reach him.

POOL REPORT THREE
MIAMI CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
3-4-11
POTUS toured a technology lab, where about two dozen students were waiting to show him their work. Former Gov. Bush accompanied, but there was no interaction between them – at least not in front of the pool. He saw a display of robots (they looked like cars built out of erector sets) that were either programmed by computers or operated by remote control. He also saw computer-operated lathes, and computer generated imaging — including a picture of himself. One student presented him with a desktop name plate and pen holder; while the president watched, the student directed a machine to carve Mr. Obama’s name – President B. Obama – into the nameplate. Mr. Obama looked pleased; he later handed it off to Arne Duncan, saying he didn’t want to forget it.
“I could not be prouder of you,’’ Mr. Obama told them after the tour, and several picture-taking sessions. (“Act like you like each other,’’ he instructed the students as he urged them to cozy up for the pictures.) He went on: “I could not be prouder of your teachers.’’
Of Miami Central, he said: “It’s a model of what’s possible in so many schools around the country that were having trouble just a few years ago.’’ He told them that judging by the seriousness they exhibited, he was convinced they would succeed.
Sheryl Stolberg

POOL REPORT TWO
MIAMI – 3-4-11
AF1 landed at 2:30 p.m. POTUS greeted by Gov. Rick Scott and the governor’s wife, Ann, whose name may or may not be spelled with an E. Please check. POTUS then briefly worked a rope line of about 50 people, and we are now en route to school. Sunny skies here, a little wind.
Carney gaggled en route. No news, couple of nuggets:
POTUS is pleased with the jobs numbers: no information on next steps in Libya or any calls POTUS might make; it would be “premature’’ to talk about opening oil reserves; no details on Rahm meeting (Jay did not see the mayor-elect, but says “you could feel Hizzoner’s energy” buzzing through the White House). Also, Jeb Bush will meet POTUS at the school; no word on whether they will have time for private conversations, though Jay suspects they will. You will get a transcript.
More from earlier conversation on Andrews tarmac:
Your pooler asked Rep. Wilson what she thought of Gov. Bush joining the president. She put her hand on the top of her sequined cowboy hat, bowed her head with great drama and shook it, as if in despair. She said she had been in the legislature when Bush was governor, and they were constantly at odds over education. “He and I were like this,” she said, clenching her fists and knocking them together.
She said she had been a school principal and then a member of the school board, and the school we are visiting – Miami Central – was in her district. She said the school’s demographics are changing; it was once all white, then it became all African-American; now it is one third Haitian-American. We asked about reauthorizing No Child Left Behind and she said she has some concerns. “We have to be careful about what it is we’re doing,’’ she said. “You can’t assume that all children are cookie cutters.’’ and “You can’t just test and test, you’ve got to teach and teach.’’

Fixing struggling schools

By ARNE DUNCAN
U.S SECRETARY OF EDUCATION

Every day educators across the country are challenging the status quo and showing that low-performing schools can be turned around. Today, the President and I will visit Miami Central Senior High School to talk to some of those educators. Central has received nearly $800,000 in federal funding to support and accelerate turnaround efforts already underway.
Working with the school district and teachers union, Central promoted a strong school leader to be principal and replaced more than half the staff. It extended learning time after-school and during the summer, and engaged the community by offering Parent Academy classes for parents on graduation requirements and financial literacy. More than 80 percent of students are on free or reduced price lunch. Yet academic performance is steadily improving — and students and teachers are showing that a committed school can beat the demographic odds.

The burdens of poverty are real, and overcoming those burdens takes hard work and resources. But poverty is not destiny. Hundreds of schools in high-poverty communities are closing achievement gaps. America can no longer afford a collective shrug when disadvantaged students are trapped in inferior schools and cheated of a quality education for years on end.

President Obama and I are determined to challenge low expectations at underperforming schools. For the first time, the federal government is providing billions of dollars to states — roughly $4 billion all told over the next five years — to help turn around the nation’s 5,000 lowest-performing schools.

These schools represent just five percent of America’s public schools. Yet unlike in the past, these schools will now be instituting one of four far-reaching reform models to boost student achievement. Our redesigned School Improvement Grants program (SIG) will provide up to $6 million for each school targeted for turnaround over a period of three years.

Why is the administration taking this unprecedented step? The easy, timid approach to turning around low-performing schools has been tried over and over again — and failed.

Under the 2002 No Child Left Behind law, districts had five options to intervene in schools that failed to make “adequate yearly progress” five years in a row. But over 80 percent of the failing schools chose the minimalist “other” option that asked for little change from principals, teachers, and district administrators.

The tragic result of this tireless tinkering is that millions of children continue to be denied their one shot at an American birthright — an education that opens the door to college, careers, and opportunity.

Today, 1,800 of the lowest-performing elementary and middle schools in the nation have on average gotten worse over the past three years, underscoring the ineffective nature of the interventions in NCLB. Meanwhile, 2,000 high schools — which historically have been ineligible for the SIG program — persist as “dropout factories,” producing half of the nation’s dropouts.

Persistently low-performing schools need dramatic change to build a culture of high expectations. That kind of change starts with the leadership — and all four new turnaround models require schools to take on a new principal, unless the principal has recently arrived to lead a school turnaround.

That leadership shift is reinforced by requiring that schools use funding to adopt proven instructional methods. Both students and teachers in underperforming schools need more time on task — students will get more instructional time, and teachers can have more time to collaborate and pursue professional development.

The new turnaround models are adaptable to the unique needs of each school. Teachers, for example, will have new incentives to fill hard-to-fill positions in math and science. And contrary to some press accounts, districts will have the flexibility to choose between the four turnaround models, only some of which require changes in teaching staff.

In one model, all of the teaching staff can be retained. Under a second approach, up to half of the teachers can stay. A third option allows a new school operator, such as a charter school management organization, to retain or replace staff. In the final model, the superintendent closes the school and transfers students to better-performing schools.

Turning around a struggling school is some of the toughest work in education. Experience shows that effective turnarounds require strong leadership and the flexibility to recruit staff with special skills and commitment. Not every teacher or principal wants or should be in this demanding environment. But extraordinary principals and teachers who choose to work in turnaround schools deserve our full support and commitment.

The administration is supporting an array of bold options to help the children trapped in America’s lowest-performing schools. “More of the same” is not one of them.

Arne Duncan is the U.S. secretary of education.

THE WHITE HOUSE

March 1, 2011

President Obama to Travel to Florida to Discuss the Importance of Out-Educating Our Competitors to Win the Future

The President will Visit Miami High School with Former Governor Jeb Bush

WASHINGTON – On Friday, March 4, 2011, President Obama will travel to Miami, Florida, where he 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. The President will deliver remarks on the importance of out-educating our competition at a local Miami high school.

The President will visit Miami Central Senior High School with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Central has been awarded Title I School Improvement Grant (SIG) 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.

In his State of the Union address and in his Fiscal Year 2012 budget, President Obama outlined a plan for America to out-educate the competition in order to win the future. His plan calls for key investments in education because the President believes that in order to win the future for this generation and the next, we must win the race to educate our kids.

The arrival and departure of Air Force One in Miami are open press, but closed to the public. Members of the media who wish to cover the arrival and departure of Air Force One must RSVP HERE by 10:00 a.m. EST Thursday, March 3. NOTE: Outlets that wish to cover both the remarks and the arrival and departure of Air Force One should plan on credentialing two separate crews.

The President’s remarks to the students and faculty of Miami Central Senior High about the importance of out-educating the competition in order to win the future will be open press. Members of the media who wish to cover the President’s remarks at Miami Central Senior High School must RSVP HERE by 10:00 a.m. EST Thursday, March 3.

Following his visit to Central, the President will attend two fundraisers for Senator Nelson and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. The President’s remarks at the DSCC fundraisers will be covered by pooled press.

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