In a new video released Wednesday by the White House, President Barack Obama and his family have been touting a new initiative for teachers: A new school, to be named after the late Michelle Rhee, who served as education secretary under the Clinton administration.
Rhee died in 2010.
Obama said in the video that the new school would bring “inspiratory, inspiring” lessons for young people.
He also said that the Obama Foundation, which supports Rhee’s legacy and which has provided millions of dollars in grants to the White Children’s Fund, will be “the new headquarters of our Education Initiative.”
The White House said in a statement that the school would “focus on empowering students to thrive.”
But the video shows that the White, Obama and Rhee families have long been interested in promoting a new curriculum.
In 2013, the White Family Foundation pledged $1 million to an initiative called the “Sister Cities Initiative” that would focus on expanding early childhood education opportunities in low-income cities.
At the time, the foundation said it was working on a “further development plan” and had no plans to make a donation to the initiative.
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Obama’s remarks were first reported by the Washington Post.
But the Obama White House did not respond to questions about the new initiative.
A video posted on the WhiteHouse.gov website and widely shared on social media Wednesday said that a new White House-organized school would focus exclusively on teaching children “inspiring, inspiring and engaged” lessons that will be delivered by educators “who have been working tirelessly and with passion to change our country for the better.”
It said the school will be located in Washington, D.C., and that a staff of about 10 teachers and principals will serve as “an integral part of our education mission.”
Rhee was the first African-American woman to serve as education commissioner in the United States.
Obama, Rhee and her husband, former Vice President Joe Biden, were among the early supporters of the Rhee initiative, which was launched by the Education Department under former Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
Duncan announced the initiative in 2012, just as Rhee assumed the post.
He was also the first black president.
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