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Last Friday, Micah Ali, a member of the Compton Unified School District Board of Education, traveled to Washington, D.C. Friday to meet with members of the Obama administration and attend an intimate reception with the President. Ali is one of a small number of members of People For the American Way Foundation's Young Elected Officials Network, a network of young progressives in elected office, who was invited to the White House to discuss important issues facing states and localities.Prior to his visit, Ali said, "I am honored by President Obama's invitation to the White House. I plan to use this opportunity to convey to the President several progressive ideas I have about proposed improvements to public education, including the No Child Left Behind Act. "President Obama and his team have proven to be sensitive to the plight of school districts struggling in this current economic environment. I hope to influence the President and his administration to provide greater flexibility to school boards by removing punitive restrictions to school districts while providing them with less restrictive access to federal funding." The Young Elected Officials Network is a project of People For the American Way Foundation, that provides support and training for over 600 progressive state, county and city elected officials from all 50 states. "We are thrilled to be able to take the observations and concerns of so many young, progressive elected officials to President Obama and the Administration," said Andrew Gillum, Executive Director of the Young Elected Officials Network of the visit. "These young leaders are on the front lines of progressive change, fighting for the values of fairness, equality and opportunity in their home communities. President Obama, a successful grassroots leader himself, understands that national movements are built by individual citizens and their elected representatives working hard to bring about positive change in their own communities. We're tremendously proud to be able to help the president get to know our communities, and discuss the issues affecting states and localities across the country."