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Obama, in Florida, Calls for Focus on Education

Friday, 04 Mar 2011 05:51 PM

 

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MIAMI (AP) — President Barack Obama says he won't accept failure in the country's education system, or listen to "naysayers" who argue that some schools are beyond repair.

Obama told high school students in Miami on Friday that companies hire where the talent is and that the single most important thing businesses are looking for are skilled, educated workers.

Giving a bipartisan boost to his education agenda, Obama appeared with Florida's former GOP Gov. Jeb Bush at Miami Central Senior High School. The president said that the status quo on education is unacceptable. A good education equals a good job, Obama said, and warned his audience: "You can't even think about dropping out."

Miami Central is one of hundreds of low-performing schools across the nation that have received federal turnaround money, and Obama used it as an example of how a school can succeed.

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