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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will tour a Florida school with former Governor Jeb Bush on Friday, the White House said, teaming up with a Republican Party heavyweight to promote bipartisan education reform.
White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Tuesday that Bush, whose brother George W. Bush preceded Obama as president, had suggested Miami Central High School as a good showcase for policies that work in improving performance in education.
Obama has shifted toward the political center following heavy losses for his Democrats in November elections and his success in finding common ground with political opponents will be a key part of his appeal in the 2012 presidential election.
"Governor Bush ... was committed and remains committed to bipartisan education reform. The president is as well. He's looking forward to that visit," Carney said.
Obama, who plans to also attend two Democratic Party fundraisers in Miami on Friday, highlighted the need to keep investing in education in his 2012 budget proposal, and the visit will emphasize that message, the White House said.
Reporting by Alister Bull; editing by Mohammad Zargham