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August 14, 2013 3:35 PM

White House chief of black education is ‘passionate’ about his work

All through his years of schooling, David Johns was one of the few African-Americans in his classroom, from the high school in Los Angeles that was nearly an hour away – but that his mother insisted he attend – to Columbia University. Even when he taught elementary school in Manhattan, not a single black student sat behind one of the desks before him. Now Johns sits behind a desk – at the U.S. Department of Education, no less – where he leads a presidential effort to improve education for African-American students everywhere.

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