On September 8, Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller visited Commonwealth Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles to watch with a class of 5th-graders as President Obama spoke to America’s students. Miller also represented the Obama Administration at the “Get Schooled” conference and video screening of a documentary video, “Get Schooled: You Have the Right.”
“As we start the new school year,” Miller said, “America needs all students performing up to the best of their abilities. We need every child to graduate from high school ready to succeed in college and to compete in the global economy. As President Obama has said, if you drop out of school, you’re not quitting on yourself, you’re quitting on your country,” Miller said. “The Administration’s participation in Get Schooled is an example of creative public-private partnerships that are critical to addressing the crisis in our schools and supporting young people in their education.”
See photos of Deputy Secretary Miller’s visit. See the video and text of President Obama’s speech in which he challenged students to work hard, set education goals, and take responsibility for learning.