“This kind of innovative school…is an example of how all our schools should be,” President Obama said yesterday, as he and Mrs. Obama visited a public charter school in Washington, D.C.
The President and First Lady read “The Moon Over Star,” a book by Dianna Hutts Aston, illustrated by Jerry Pinkey, to a second grade class at the Capital City Public Charter School. After finishing the book, they asked the students if they had any questions. The President fielded queries about pets (“We had a fish. I’ve got to admit the fish died”), why he wanted to become president (“to be able to help people”), and his favorite superheroes (“Spiderman and Batman”).
Less than 10 years old, the school serves 244 students in grades Pre-k through 8, and is widely regarded as one of the best schools in Washington.
“We’re very proud of what’s been accomplished at this school and we want to make sure that we’re duplicating that success all across the country,” the President said.
That task falls to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who attended the event along with the President and First Lady.
We sat down with Secretary Duncan to get to know him a little bit better and understand where he gets his passion. He told us that improving our schools isn’t just about education – it’s a matter of social justice.