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City principal named U.S. Department of Education ambassador

Baltimore principal to serve as 'ambassador' to U.S. Secretary of Education

A Baltimore city principal has been named among four educators from across the nation chosen to advise U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on national and local education policy issues.

Joe Manko, principal at Liberty Elementary, will join the inaugural class of the U.S. Department of Education Principal Ambassador Fellows for the 2015-2016 school year, the department recently announced.

Manko, in his fifth school year at the high-performing Northwest Baltimore school, is among the most celebrated principals in the district.

Duncan visisted Liberty in June, where he learned about the school's extensive technology program and its and thriving community school model, both of which he lauded as models for the nation.

“The inaugural class of Principal Ambassador Fellows made tremendous contributions to our work at the Department,” Duncan said in a statement. “I am excited to work with this new team to bring attention to the essential role of great school leaders in creating great school environments for students.

"We must do more to recognize our school principals and their work, especially on behalf of students coming from some of the most challenging circumstances.”

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