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Obama to visit Miami Friday with Jeb and raise cash for Nelson

President Barack Obama will be in Miami on Friday to visit Miami Central High School with former Gov. Jeb Bush. While in town, he'll do some fundraising for U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.

Here's the release from the White House:

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. 

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