Al Sharpton and Newt Gingrich joined Secretary Arne Duncan last week along the Chesapeake Bay in Baltimore for the second stop of their education tour. They visited classes and talked with students and teachers at the KIPP-Ujima Village Academy, Holabird Elementary School, and Hampstead Hill Academy.
Each school is an example of a successful learning environment that is meeting the educational needs of a diverse range of students. KIPP-Ujima Village Academy is a charter school that asks teachers and students to commit to longer school days and school year; Holabird Elementary School hired a new principal and empowered her to make budget and staffing decisions; and Hampstead Hill Academy converted from a public school to a charter school.
The former House Speaker and the civil rights leader are joining Duncan on this tour to find out what works in education and help rally support for:
- higher learning standards
- lifting restrictions on the growth of high-quality charter schools
- turning around low-performing schools
- improving principal and teacher quality
- greater transparency and accountability in all schools.
More stops will be scheduled as the tour progresses.