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Obama and Jeb Bush to Jointly Tout Education Priorities

By Michele McNeil — March 01, 2011 1 min read

President Obama will travel to Florida on Friday to visit Miami Central Senior High School, one of 19 schools in the Miami-Dade district that’s received School Improvement Grant money to turn itself around.

Most interesting, he’ll be joined by former Republican Gov. Jeb Bush, a big education-reform sparkplug who apparently recommended this Miami high school to the Obama administration.

(No word about whether current Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, will be there.)

Friday’s event kicks off a big push the Obama administration is mounting over the next couple of weeks to emphasize education, according to the White House. On Tuesday, Obama will go to Boston. And on March 10, the White House hosts a conference on bullying prevention.

We aren’t likely to hear much new as Obama and Duncan make these appearances, based on a conference call I just listened to with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and White House Domestic Policy Council adviser Melody Barnes. In general, the administration says Obama will talk about “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.”

On this afternoon’s conference call, Duncan used one of his favorite phrases—about the need to challenge the “status quo”. This reminds me of a great must-read story by my colleague Sean Cavanagh, who analyzes the war of words going on in the education policy sphere.

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