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Obama Denver school visit on tap

Updated Friday – The White House has confirmed that President Barack Obama will speak in support of his proposed American Jobs Act at Denver’s Abraham Lincoln High School on Tuesday, as first reported by Education News Colorado.

A limited number of tickets are available Monday to the public. They are free and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets are limited to one per person and can be obtained starting 7 a.m. Monday at the school’s main entrance, 2285 S. Federal Blvd.

On Tuesday, members of the public attending should bring no bags and should limit personal items. Signs and banners won’t be permitted and people should expect airport-like security. Doors will open at 11 a.m. The use of public transportation is strongly recommended.

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President Obama will make a metro-area visit next Tuesday and likely will tour a Denver school, several sources have told Education News Colorado.

The visit is part of the president’s campaign to promote his $447 billion jobs proposal.

The Obama visit has been confirmed by sources in Colorado Democratic leadership and Denver education circles.

Sources said the school most likely to be visited by the president, based on the most recent discussions to which they were privy, is Abraham Lincoln High School at 2285 S. Federal Blvd.

“I know that through one of the advance people that he’s coming on Tuesday, that it’s a jobs speech, and that they decided to do it at Lincoln,” said one source.

DPS spokesman Mike Vaughn would not comment on the visit late Thursday. Also, the White House press office could not be reached for comment. There are no entries for next week’s schedule yet posted on the White House website.

No sources agreed to be named, citing a desire to defer to the White House in announcing the visit. They also noted that details of a presidential trip are always subject to change.

Obama announced his proposed American Jobs Act in a national address before Congress on Sept. 7. It would provide $35 billion for teacher rehiring and prevent up to 280,000 teacher layoffs.

The president has been working to sell his proposal to the American people since the night of his address.

On Thursday, he was in Cincinnati and made a speech in support of the bill on a bridge connecting Ohio and Kentucky, emphasizing the proposal’s provisions for upgrading the nation’s aging infrastructure.

Obama has used a local school as a backdrop for a previous political visit, dating back to his days as a presidential candidate.

On May 28, 2008, Obama visited the Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts in Thornton, which at the time was run by now-state Sen. Mike Johnston, D-Denver.

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