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Bridgeport High School in Top Three!

We are so proud of you, Bridgeport High! Over here in Seattle and South King County we aspire to come close to your levels of student success. You exemplify the very best in public education. You have very high rates of poverty, yet the students are excelling. Your graduation rates are tremendous as are your rates of college going. Clearly the adults in your school have adopted a “no excuses” philosophy—they believe in the young people of Bridgeport. They know that all students need a great education if they are going to be successful in postsecondary education and in their careers.

I hope the President of the United States picks you for the commencement address, but however it goes, know that you have already helped the rest of your state in a profound way. I urge every elected official who cares about education in our state to take a look at Bridgeport. They show us what is possible when expectations are set high and the potential of every student is taken seriously. Congrats to the leaders and teachers of Bridgeport. Congrats to the students and the parents. Thank you to the whole Bridgeport community. We will try to follow your great example.

Here is the finalist annoucement from the White House. . .
Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge