US education official visits Cleveland, Columbus

CLEVELAND (AP) — U.S. Education Secretary Arne (AR’-nee) Duncan is visiting Ohio to talk about schools with officials in Cleveland and then Columbus.

Duncan was scheduled to be in Cleveland on Friday to talk about educational improvements with area school superintendents. He’ll also visit an elementary school and discuss the Cleveland district’s improvement plan with the mayor, the superintendent and others.

The Cleveland district could have fallen under state oversight because of low test scores and lack of academic progress, but Ohio’s state superintendent decided against such oversight as the district makes progress on its own plan.

Also Friday, Duncan was scheduled to attend an evening discussion in Columbus with the mayor and other stakeholders. The topics were expected to include educational improvements and challenges facing urban districts.

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