Left to right: City Year team leader John
Leverston, school transformation facilitator Derrick Moore,
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Moises Arzu
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan applauded Moises Arzu, a
senior at Booker T. Washington High School in Miami, at an event
in Washington, D.C., Thursday to push for a new Elementary and
Secondary Education Act. Duncan praised Moises on his
transformation from a troubled ninth grader to a successful
senior headed to Fisk University and recognized the progress of
Booker T. Washington High School, where only about half of the
students graduated four years ago.
"Hard-working teachers, fantastic City Year
corps members, and school counselors came together to transform
the school through an effort called Diplomas Now.
And with federal support for their intensive, innovative,
hands-on approach, they created real opportunities for Moises and
his peers to succeed," said Duncan.
"Their collective efforts in a short amount of
time are paying off: today, about 80% of students graduate from
Booker T. Washington, and more than half of them are headed to
college. Same building, same neighborhood, same families, same
challenges. But a very different set of expectations and support,
and very different results."
Moises, school transformation facilitator Derrick
Moore and City Year team leader John Leverston attended the
Washington, D.C., event honoring the 50th anniversary of Congress
passing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. "To help
more students walk that path through college and to college, a
new law must invest in innovative strategies like the ones at his
high school that expand opportunity and to improve outcomes for
all students," Duncan said.
Moore said, "It was an awesome experience for
us all, especially Moises, who never imagined having the
opportunity to have the U.S. Secretary of Education make remarks
about him, his school, and the important people who helped him
get to where he is today."
Moises said he was inspired by
his conversation with Duncan. "He's a regular guy who gives
regular guys like myself hope and the confidence to accomplish
extraordinary feats like him."
To read the full remarks, click here.