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Tuesday
Mar082011

Obama to Visit Boston Classroom; Call for Creation of Education Agency

Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will travel to Boston Tuesday to visit a classroom at TechBoston Academy with Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

TechBoston Academy will be used as an example of the "shared responsibility" the administration is calling for in education -- a school that is using technology in their classroom, and has partnerships with philanthropic and business leaders to provide students with education programs.

"Many sectors of the economy have utilized public-private partnership to drive innovation and growth," Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes said previewing the visit, "and the education sector shouldn't be any different."

President Obama will call for the creation of an Advanced Research Projects Agency for Education with $90 million in funding for its first year during his speech.

The agency will "aggressively pursue technological breakthroughs that will transform educational technology and empower teaching and learning," Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said.  The $90 million for this agency is federal money, included in the 2012 budget sent to Congress.

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