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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Governor Mark Dayton to Hold Town Hall Forum on Early Learning Initiatives

July 12, 2013

Forum will highlight importance of early learning, new investments in early childhood education
 
ST. PAUL, MN – On Tuesday, July 16, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will travel to Minneapolis for a series of events, including a town hall meeting with Governor Mark Dayton focused on the importance of investing in early learning initiatives.
 
This year, Governor Dayton signed a new state budget into law that invests an additional $600 million in E-12 education. That new investment includes $40 million for early learning scholarships that will help more than 8,000 Minnesota kids attend high quality childcare and preschool. The state’s new budget also invests $134 million to help Minnesota school districts provide free all-day Kindergarten to every student. And it includes $40 million in new funding for special education.
 
This event is part of a series of events that Secretary Duncan has hosted across the country to draw attention to President Barack Obama’s proposal to dramatically expand funding for early learning programs. Under the President’s proposal, Minnesota is estimated to receive $38,700,000 in the first year it participates in the Preschool for All program. This funding, combined with a state match, would serve about 4,736 children in the first year of the program alone.
 
Schedule of Events for Tuesday, July 16
At 9:00am, Secretary Duncan will tour a classroom at Pond Early Childhood Center. Then, at 9:30am, the Secretary will participate in a town hall discussion at Kennedy High School on the importance of investing in early learning programs. The Secretary will be joined by local leaders, including Governor Dayton. The town hall discussion will be followed by a press conference at approximately 10:40am.
 
Later in the day, Secretary Duncan will participate in a question-and-answer session at the National Network of State Teachers of the Year National 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
Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius
 
WHERE:
Pond Early Childhood Family Center
9600 3rd Ave S
Bloomington, MN 55420
 
WHEN:
9:00am
 
EVENT TWO
 
WHAT:
Early learning town hall forum followed by press availability
 
WHO:
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton
Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius
Maj. General 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 Cafeteria
9701 Nicollet Avenue
Bloomington, MN 55420
 
WHEN:
9:30am, followed by a media availability at approximately 10:40am
 
EVENT THREE
 
WHAT:
Remarks at the National Network of State Teachers of the Year National Conference
 
WHO:
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan
 
WHERE:
Millennium Hotel Minneapolis
1313 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN, 55403-2697
 
WHEN:
12:00pm

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