- Associated Press - Saturday, March 8, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - The federal education chief is traveling to Massachusetts for a series of meetings on transformation of underperforming schools, career and technical education and teacher preparation programs.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan will visit Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School in the Boston neighborhood of Roxbury on Tuesday. The school is undergoing a dramatic transformation from one of the lowest performing schools in Massachusetts to an excelling school.

On Wednesday, Duncan will visit Worcester Technical High School to discuss career and technical education with educators, community college officials and business leaders.

He will also hold discuss learning and progress at Arthur Coolidge Middle School in Reading before returning to Boston, where he is scheduled to visit Match Charter Public High School for a discussion with educators, state and local leaders on the importance of high quality teacher preparation programs.

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