Republican will join education secretary, Sharpton on three-city ‘hope’ tour
WASHINGTON – Education Secretary Arne Duncan is joining forces with two unlikely allies, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Republican former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, to push cities to fix failing schools.
The trio will visit Philadelphia, New Orleans and Baltimore later this year. They plan to add more stops as their tour progresses.
“These are cities that have real challenges but also tremendous hope and opportunity,” Duncan told reporters on a conference call Thursday.
The idea came from a meeting they had with President Barack Obama in May at the White House.
Education is high on Obama’s priority list. He is seeking to boost achievement, keep kids from dropping out of high school and push every student to pursue some form of higher education.