Obama In Boston For School Visit, Fundraiser

BOSTON (CBS/AP) – President Barack Obama will talk education innovation with philanthropist Melinda Gates and pitch politics to Democratic Party donors in Boston Tuesday afternoon.

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WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karen Twomey reports

The president landed at Logan Airport on Air Force One around 2:30 p.m.

He will visit TechBoston Academy in Dorchester at 3:15 p.m.  The public school opened in 2002 with money from a foundation headed by Gates and her husband, Bill Gates, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft.

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The president also plans to address a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser at the Museum of Fine Arts Tuesday evening.

Tickets for the dinner start at $5,000 per person.

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The school visit is designed to draw attention to Obama’s call for the creation of a federal agency designed to pursue breakthroughs in education technology.  Obama requested $90 million for the agency’s first year in the budget blueprint he sent to Congress last month.

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TechBoston, a grades 6-12 pilot school within the Boston school district, represents the combined effort of government, businesses, philanthropists and communities.  The school integrates technology in all its academic courses and relies on partnerships with a series of high-tech business partners, including Cisco Systems, Microsoft, IBM and Google.

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