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U.S. Education Secretary and Agriculture Secretary to Discuss Education and Economic Development at Education Commission of the

Posted May 03 2011 1:43pm

Contact:   Elaine Quesinberry, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov


Event Date 1: May 08, 2011 08:00 am - 10:00 am
Event Date 2: May 04, 2011 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm
Event Date 3: May 04, 2011 01:00 pm - 03:00 pm

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will participate in a panel discussion at the Education Commission of the States’ first national Summit on the Role of Education in Economic Development in Rural America, Wednesday, May 4 in Washington, D.C. Duncan will challenge states, school leaders, school boards and legislators to work together to improve schools, as a critical tool for economic success and revitalization in rural America.

The summit, hosted by the Education Commission of the States in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Agriculture, will bring together national and state leaders and policymakers in education and economic development to share their ideas and address the education and economic development challenges faced by rural America. Participants will present and discuss successful models for education and economic development partnerships. Last year, Secretaries Duncan and Vilsack were two of ten federal agency leaders to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to be part of the Appalachian Regional Development Initiative, a model that will be presented by the ARC’s Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl.

Also during the summit, John White, deputy assistant secretary for rural outreach, will participate in a panel discussion at noon on how the Departments of Education and Agriculture are collaborating to increase awareness of and access to federal resources available to support high-need rural schools and communities. Karen Cator, director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education will join White House Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra for a presentation on broadband technology and resources at 1 p.m. The full agenda is available on the ECS Web site, http://www.ecs.org/ecsmain.asp?page=/html/meetings.asp?am=3


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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Participate in panel discussion at the Education Commission of the States Summit on the Role of Education in Economic Development in Rural America 8 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 Washington Marriott
1221 22nd St., NW
Washington, D.C.
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John White, deputy assistant secretary for rural outreach, U.S. Department of Education
Cheryl Cook, deputy undersecretary, Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Gary Allan, acting director, Advanced Services Division, U.S. Department of Agriculture Participate in panel discussion on Available Resources and Collaboration at the Local, State, Federal Levels – The Obvious and the Not So Obvious noon EDT on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 Washington Marriott
1221 22nd St., NW
Washington, D.C.
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Karen Cator, director of the Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education
Aneesh Chopra, United States chief technology officer, assistant to the President and associate director for technology, Office of Science & Technology Policy, White House Presentation on Broadband and Technology Resources and Solutions 1 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 Washington Marriott
1221 22nd St., NW
Washington, D.C.
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