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College of Education graduate back in Champaign after White House visit

by Julie Wurth / Sep 27, 2011

CHAMPAIGN (NEWS-GAZETTE) — Aside from a press conference and some TV cameras in the library, Monday was a school day like any other at Franklin Middle School.

Students "went on with their work," said eighth-grader David Alston, not at all surprised that their principal just got back from a meeting with the president of the United States.

As reported in Saturday's News-Gazette, Franklin Principal Angela Smith was one of a handful of educators invited to appear with President Obama on Friday as he announced reforms to the No Child Left Behind Act.

PHOTO: From left, Deffa Barro, Trenise Stokes, Haajar Aminmansour, Angela Smith, Claire Stenzel and David Alston. Franklin Middle School Principal Angela Smith talks to the media about her experiences at the White House. [Photo by Vanda Bidwell/The News-Gazette]

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