White House Official Participated in BCPS Exceeding Goals, Sobrepasando Metas Tour

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Exceeding Goals, Sobrepasando Metas Tour took place today, Thursday, February 12, 2015, with a special guest from The White House. Maribel Duran, Chief of Staff for The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, joined School Board members, Superintendent Robert W. Runcie and District staff as she visited Eagle Point Elementary and McArthur High schools.  The two schools are among those with the largest populations of English Language Learners in the District.
The Exceeding Goals, Sobrepasando Metas Tour highlighted the District’s focus on increasing educational opportunities and achievement for all students, including English Language Learners. During the school visits, Duran talked with students, parents and educators about the various initiatives, programs and services provided by the District’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Department.
Ensuring equity in education is a priority for the U.S. Department of Education and underlies nearly all of its initiatives. “Today’s Exceeding Goals, Sobrepasando Metas Tour is significant, as it paints a picture of the critical work being done within Broward County Public Schools ESOL Department to meet the needs of Hispanic students, as well as other English Language Learners and their families,” said Duran. 
“We appreciate the support from The White House with its Educational Excellence for Hispanics initiative. As a District, we recognize the need for culturally diverse academic programs,” said Superintendent Runcie. “We are continually expanding the educational opportunities and resources available to our English Language Learners to support their academic success and prepare them for college and careers.” 
Broward County Public Schools celebrates diversity with students from 204 countries speaking 135 languages. 
Pictured: Maribel Duran, Chief of Staff for The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics joins Superintendent Robert W. Runcie at McArthur High School during the Exceeding Goals, Sobrepasando Metas Tour.
To learn more about the programs and services provided by the ESOL Department, visit browardschools.com/esol.
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest public school system in the United States and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has over 260,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 238 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 99 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population. Students are from 204 different countries and speak 135 different languages. For more information about BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @Browardschools, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.

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