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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -
Federal education officials are keeping a close eye on Huntsville's new computerized schools program, and they're impressed.
Advisor to the U.S. Department of Education, Michael Robbins, has been meeting with Huntsville Schools parents and teachers.
Thursday night, he went to Grissom High School for a PTA meeting.
Robbins said U.S. Education Secretary Arnie Duncan is keenly interested in the Huntsville School system's new digital curriculum.
"The kind of instruction that's happening here is the instruction that these students are going to need in order to compete. And not just compete with other folks for jobs in northern Alabama. These are students who are competing with other students in China, in India, and this is the sort of instruction, the sort of experience that they will need in order to compete on the global stage," said Robbins.
Robbins knows Huntsville Schools well; he graduated from Grissom himself in 1987.
He said glitches in the school's digital curriculum are to be expected but that Huntsville may become a model for similar programs around the country.