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Barack Obama 2016: Agenda Includes US Education Chief To Visit New Orleans, Baton Rouge


As part of Barack Obama's 2016 agenda, the country's Secretary of Education, John B. King continues his back-to-school bus tour. His focus on September will be at a New Orleans charter high school. The United States Education Department stated that he will make four stops during September 15 and 16, 2016.

His visit will include a stop to the Baton Rouge Elementary school. The school is currently flooded, according to Nola. East Baton Rouge public schools were hit with the Louisiana Flood of 2016 back in August. The school has not reopened yet. School authorities stated that they plan to reopen the school on September 6.

The first of King's tour will start on September 12 in Washington, D.C. And each stop highlights a different part of Barack Obama's 2016 education agenda.

On September 15, King visits Sallie Humble Elementary in Monroe. His visit there will touch on a discussion on teacher leadership. It will also include the Race to the Top improvement grants.

In his itinerary, he will most likely spend the whole morning of September 16 with teachers and students of the University Terrace Elementary. His next stop is at the Louisiana State University to discuss the issues surrounding college access, college completion and college affordability. This stems from the recent reports indicating that Southern states are responsible for the "deepest cuts to public higher education."

His last top on the tour is at Cohen College Prep. This school in New Orleans boasts of students that have improved scores ever since a charter group handled the school.

King's responsibility is to maintain and continue Barack Obama's 2016 education agenda. With that in mind, it is unknown if he will remain as the Secretary of Education under the next president. However, democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has expressed she wants to continue Obama's legacy. Clinton herself has an extensive vision when it comes to education. It includes a debt-free higher education system and early childhood education priorities.

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