NEW YORK — President Barack Obama will host a fundraiser on Thursday to benefit Osha Education Center, his administration announced Wednesday.
The president plans to give a speech to the Osha Center’s board of directors and the Osahe Education Center’s president, Mary Lou Ehrhardt.
“Osha has a special place in my heart because I know that Osha is a community of educators who have been so proud of me for so long, and have been able to bring the best out of me and their students,” Obama said.
“When I saw how Osha’s graduates were doing, I knew I had to do something to help,” Obama added.
The Osha community is one of Obama’s top priorities in the 2016 presidential race.
The presidential race has featured several prominent Osha families, including the mayor of Oceanside, the city’s largest city, who has been an advocate for Osha schools.
The mayor and the school board have made clear that they intend to remain committed to Osha, and the mayor has been at Osha on a regular basis.
“President Obama is proud to have worked with the Osas for so many years to make Osha a more welcoming place to work, live and learn,” Ehrhard said.
Obama also plans to meet with Osha educators.
“Our partnership is a critical step forward, and it’s not just about a shared vision, it’s about an inclusive and compassionate approach,” Ehhardt said.
Osha was founded in 1959 and has been the nation’s only school district to win a federal grant to build its first high-performing school.
The district has also been a model for other districts, including Chicago’s Public Schools.
The federal government also gave $15 million to Osas to start a school for African-American students, and Osha and other communities have received hundreds of millions of dollars from the federal government for high-quality preschool programs and other programs.
Osahera and other Osha communities have been battling poverty and unemployment rates, and many of them have experienced significant economic losses as a result.
Obama announced a new federal grant last week to help fund Osha.
Osas school has been in decline for years and the district has seen its enrollment decline by 50 percent since 2010.