Archived Information

Education Secretary Invites Rural Journalists to Discuss Reauthorization of ESEA

Press Call on Fixing NCLB to Help Rural Schools Today at Noon

Press Office, (202) 401-1576,

Event Date 1: January 26, 2011 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will engage reporters from rural communities and education writers who cover rural schools in a conversation about the importance of fixing the federal mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act that do not work for rural schools. President Obama emphasized in his State of the Union Address the critical need to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as a lever for reform in America’s lowest performing schools, while increasing flexibility, local control and incentives to reward progress and innovation.

Secretary Duncan will be joined by John Hill, director of the National Rural Education Association. Hill teaches and administers the "STEM Goes Rural" teacher training course at Purdue University. He is a former superintendent, district curriculum director, principal and middle school math teacher with more than 30 years as a rural school administrator and teacher.

This rural press conference call was organized with assistance from Al Cross, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism & Community Issues at the University of Kentucky.

Note to editors: Members of the media may dial 800-369-1687.”

Event 1
Who : U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
John Hill, Director, National Rural Education Association
What : Rural Press Conference Call on Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
When : Noon to 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Where : Call: 800-369-1687