Obama to speak at model high school in Massachusetts

Posted by Anita Kumar on June 11, 2014 

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President Barack Obama makes a statement in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, May 30, 2014, following his meeting with Veterans Affairs Secretary Shinseki. The president said that Shinseki is resigning amid widespread troubles with veterans' health care. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

JACQUELYN MARTIN — AP

President Barack Obama will fly to Massachusetts Wednesday afternoon to deliver a commencement address at a high school he cites as a success for the 21st century.

Obama will speak at Worcester Technical High School at 4 p.m. before traveling to Weston, Mass for a Democratic fundraiser.

In his speech, he will cite Worcester Tech a model of what can happen when a community invests in a school while reiterating his support for transforming other schools, according to the White House.

In 2006, Worcester was one of the lowest performing institutions in the state. But after a series of changes, it became focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) courses with improved test scores and higher graduation rates. 

The school's combination of "rigorous academics and hands-on learning opportunities" characterizes Obama's vision for an education, according to the White House.

Obama will reiterate his commitment to reforming America's education system, his challenge to redesign America's high schools and connect students to high-speed broadband through the administration's ConnectED initiative.

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