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British Education Secretary Seeks Answers at Howard University Middle School

WASHINGTON (March 17) – Michael Gove, secretary of state for Education for the United Kingdom, will visit Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science (MS)² Friday to review its programs as a possible model for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in public schools in his country.

Gove is in the country for meetings at the United Nations in New York, but he is making a stop in Washington to meet with school officials from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. after hearing about the program from British education experts.

His meeting follows a review of the school’s programs by representatives from the World Bank in the Spring of 2010 and meetings by British education officials with Hassan Minor, Ph.D., founding director of the school and Howard University senior vice president for Strategic Planning and External Affairs.

Gove joins a number of education experts and others who have visited the school to see its programs, including U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the heads of numerous Fortune 500 companies. Its students, who consistently record extremely high test scores, have received numerous regional and national honors.

Earlier this month, Google awarded the school a $250,000 grant to build a computer automated design and manufacturing laboratory. Students will use the new “Fab Lab” to construct prototypes of their own inventions.

As British education secretary, Gove has introduced the Academies Act, which has given hundreds more state schools new powers to innovate. He has also reformed school funding, introducing a pupil premium to give more money to poorer students and reformed nursery education to extend pre-school teaching to more children.

He is introducing further reforms to education in England to recruit more top graduates to teach in disadvantaged areas, allow more new schools to open in areas of educational need, raise the quality of math and science instruction, provide parents and teachers with better data on school performance and improve the curriculum and exams so they match the world’s best.

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