U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to visit Minneapolis on Tuesday

NEWS RELEASE — Minneapolis, MN – U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Tuesday, July 16 will travel to Minneapolis for a series of events, including a town hall with Gov. Mark Dayton on the importance of investing in high-quality early learning programs.

At 9 a.m. CDT, Secretary Duncan will tour a classroom at Pond Early Childhood Center.

Then, at 9:30 a.m. CDT, the Secretary will participate in a town hall discussion at Kennedy High School on the importance of investing in high-quality early learning programs. The Secretary will be joined by local leaders, including Gov. Dayton. The town hall discussion will be followed by a press conference at approximately 10:40 a.m. CDT.

This event is part of a series of events that Secretary Duncan has hosted across the country to draw attention to President Obama’s proposal to dramatically expand funding for high-quality early learning programs.

President Barack Obama, in an effort to help all children begin school on a level playing field, put forward in his 2014 budget request an historic new investment in early learning that would make preschool available to all 4-year-olds from low- to moderate-income families; expand evidence-based home-visiting services for vulnerable families and children; and support quality improvements through a new Early Head Start-Child Care partnership.

This year, Gov. Dayton signed a new state budget into law that invests an additional $600 million in P-12 education. That new investment includes nearly $200 million for early learning, which will help tens of thousands more Minnesota kids attend high quality childcare, preschool, and all-day Kindergarten.

Later in the day, Secretary Duncan will participate in a question-and-answer session at the National Network of State Teachers of the Year Conference. The Secretary will discuss the need to strengthen the teaching profession and better support teachers in implementing college and career-ready standards.

EVENT ONE
WHAT:
Classroom visit at Pond Early Childhood Center

WHO:
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan
Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Minnesota Education Commissioner

WHERE:
Pond Early Childhood Family Center
9600 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55420

WHEN:
9 a.m. CDT

EVENT TWO
WHAT:
Early learning town hall followed by press availability

WHO:
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton
Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Minnesota Education Commissioner
Maj. Gen. Richard C. Nash, Adjutant General, Minnesota National Guard
The Rev. Peg Chemberlin, Executive Director, Minnesota Council of Churches
Laysha Ward, President, Target Community Relations and Target Foundation
Art Rolnick, Co-Director for the Human Capital Research Collaborative, U. of Minnesota

WHERE:
Kennedy High School
9701 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55420

WHEN:
9:30 AM CDT followed by a press availability at approximately 10:40 AM CDT

EVENT THREE
WHAT:
Remarks at the National Network of State Teachers of the Year Conference

WHO:
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan

WHERE:
Millennium Hotel Minneapolis
1313 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN, 55403-2697

WHEN:
12: p.m. CDT

 

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