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Civil Rights Assistant Secretary to Participate in Education Roundtable Hosted by Ebony Magazine, University of Chicago Urban Education Institute

Liz Utrup , (202) 401-1307,

Event Date 1: August 11, 2010 05:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the office for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education, will participate in “Public Schools: Private Innovations,” an education roundtable in Chicago today, Wednesday, Aug. 11. The roundtable, moderated by MSNBC Anchor Tamron Hall, is co-hosted by Johnson Publishing Company, Inc. and the University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute. During the roundtable, panelists will discuss the need to improve academic conditions and resources for parents, students and educators while further highlighting the need for real solutions in education for the African-American community. In her remarks, Ali will address the persistent problems plaguing minority students such as the achievement gap and high dropout rates while stressing the reinvigorated role of the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights and the quiet revolution building for equity and excellence in our nation’s education system.
Fellow Panelists include: Director, University of Chicago Charter School’s Woodlawn Secondary Campus, Shayne Evans; Director of Research at the Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute, Elaine Allensworth; CEO of Chicago Public Schools, Ron Huberman; President and CEO of Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men, Tim King; and President of Bennett College, Julianne Malveaux.

***Media interested in attending must arrive at 3:30 p.m. CDT to receive media kit and credentials at media check-in station. Panelists will be available between 4-4:45 pm for brief one-on-one interviews. Confirm attendance with Jeanine Collins at 312-322-9337 or 312-520-6684 (cell).

Event 1
Who : U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Russlynn Ali
What : "Public Schools: Private Innovations" Education Roundtable
When : Media Availability – 4-4:45 p.m. CDT
Roundtable and Panel Discussion – 5-6 p.m. CDT
Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010
Where : University of Chicago International House
1414 E. 59th St.