CMSD Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon met Monday with President Obama and came away confident that the president grasps "the importance of getting it right" when it comes to education in the nation's big-city schools.

The CEO was one of seven urban superintendents who met privately with Obama on Tuesday morning at the White House. The session gave the school leaders a chance to discuss their progress and how to sustain it.

"The president has a clear understanding that the progress we are making in American education is largely being driven by the increases in performance that we are seeing in America's city schools, and Cleveland is an example," said Gordon, who was in Washington for a conference sponsored by the Council of the Great City Schools. The council represents 67 of the country's largest school systems.


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