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U.S. Department of Education Official to Visit Arise Academy Charter High School, Host Student Discussion on Staying in School


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Event Date 1: August 11, 2010

Alberto Retana, U.S. Department of Education’s director of community outreach, will visit Philadelphia from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 11, to meet with staff and students at Arise Academy Charter High School, 1101 Ludlow St. The school was founded by the Urban Affairs Coalition in September 2009 and is the first public charter school in the nation devoted exclusively to youth in foster care.

Later in the evening, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., Retana will meet with a diverse group of youth to discuss college access and completion. He will engage them in a discussion on how school, family and community can help them establish and promote a culture where college graduation is the norm rather than the exception. The discussion will take place at the Philadelphia Student Union located at 4205 Chestnut St.

The visit to Philadelphia is part of a National Youth Listening Tour that will engage students and use their feedback to inform federal policies on turnaround strategies for low-performing schools, enhance family engagement to support student achievement, improve graduation rates, and promote efforts to meet the President’s national goal of once again leading the world in college completion by 2020.


Event 1
Who : Alberto Retana, director of community outreach, U.S. Department of Education
Jill Welsh Davis, president, Arise Academy Charter School Board of Trustees
Lucy Kerman, vice president, Urban Affairs Coalition
Students from Arise Academy Charter High School
What : School visit to meet with staff and students at Arise Academy
When : 10 a.m. to noon EDT, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010
Where : Arise Academy Charter High School
1101 Ludlow St.
Philadelphia, Pa.
Event 2
Who : Alberto Retana, director of community outreach, U.S. Department of Education
What : Group discussion with Philadelphia youth on college access and completion
When : 4 to 6:30 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010
Where : Philadelphia Student Union
4205 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, Pa.
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