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President Obama Invites Governor Lincoln D. Chafee to Special White House Education Announcement

Providence, RI – Governor Lincoln D. Chafee will travel to the White House tomorrow at the invitation of President Barack Obama to participate in an announcement regarding flexibility for states in the administration of No Child Left Behind.

“I am pleased to join President Obama and Secretary Duncan for this important announcement that will provide states more flexibility in deciding how best to educate their young people,” Governor Chafee said. “I thank the President for moving public education in this country forward and opening the door to continued improvement and innovation at the state and local level.”

“Tomorrow’s announcement represents an opportunity to improve and refine our accountability system in return for a renewed commitment to rigorous standards,” said Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist, who will be present at the White House for the Governor’s participation in the event. “As we move forward in our efforts to transform education in Rhode Island, we will remain firmly committed to attaining high levels of student achievement, to closing achievement gaps, and to preparing all students for success.”

Governor Chafee is active on educational issues in the National Governors Association, where he serves on the Education, Early Childhood & Workforce Committee.

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