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Education Secretary Arne Duncan visits King Middle School

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    Ben Smith

The U.S. Secretary of Education was in Maine Tuesday, praising teachers and administrators at King Middle School in Portland.

It was the last stop on Secretary Arne Duncan's 8-state tour around the country, highlighting schools and educators who are innovating and achieving results. The Secretary says he chose King because its staff has done great things with a very diverse, low income student population.

King Middle School has been praised for its Expeditionary Learning program in which students tackle 8-10 week projects that take them outside the classroom. Duncan says he also likes the way students stay with the same teacher for two years in a row, allowing that teacher to really get to know the students.

Click here for the radio story on the visit from Maine Public Broadcasting Network

Click here for the news story from The Portland Press Herald