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“Things began to change nine years ago. Taft got a new principal; his name is Anthony Smith, and the motto he brought to Taft: “Failure is not an option.” The phrase was not just directed at the students, but the teachers as well. Although Taft was designated a failing school, Smith decided to keep all of the teachers.” ~ABC World News
Public Service Announcement from IBNN NEWS via Mr.Joe Nathan
Minneapolis, MN (IBNN NEWS/PSA/June 12, 2011)…A Cincinnati, Ohio Public School Principal named Anthony Smith who received the rare honor of being named “Person of the Week” by ABC Nightly News will speak on June 29, 5:30 – 7:30 PM at the Capri Theater in Minneapolis.
Mr. Smith received the award because it has a higher graduation rate than the state of Ohio, while enrolling more than 90% African American, 74% low income, and 24% students with disabilities.
Taft is a district public school, open to all, that recently was named a “Blue Ribbon School” by the US Dept of Education. Mr. Smith, principal of Taft, was named the ABC Nightly news “Person of the Week” in March of this year because of the extraordinary progress that the school has made with virtually all, African American, low income students.
This evening presentation will be free and open to the public.
Organizers ask that people RSVP as we will have light refreshments and we’d like to know how many people are attending.
Please RSVP to email@example.com by June 27, 3 PM.
The meeting is co-sponsored by the African American Leadership Forum, Center for School Change at Macalester College, Minneapolis Public Schools and North Side Achievement Zone