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Utica superintendent part of White House teacher forum

Associated Press

Utica – — The superintendent of Utica Community Schools will be at the White House on Wednesday for a forum with President Barack Obama.

The U.S. Department of Education says Christine Johns will be joined by David Britten from the Godfrey-Lee Public Schools in the Grand Rapids suburb of Wyoming. They are the only two superintendents from Michigan to participate.

The Utica district has about 29,000 students while Godfrey-Lee has about 1,700 students.

Wednesday's program is titled "ConnectED to the Future." The Education Department says it grows out of the plan Obama announced in 2013 to connect 99 percent of students to high-speed Internet and to put more technology in the hands of teachers.