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Hawaii Marks 50 States Visited for U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan

Trip to Spotlight State's Progress in Promoting Educational Excellence

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Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov


Event Date 1: March 30, 2014 02:35 pm - 03:30 pm
Event Date 2: March 31, 2014 08:45 am - 09:45 am
Event Date 3: March 31, 2014 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit Hawaii Sunday-Monday, where he will recognize the state's progress in education, as well as learn about issues of concern to students, parents, educators and policymakers. The Hawaii visit will mark the 50th state Duncan has visited as Secretary since taking office in 2009. Former Secretary Richard Riley was the last Education Secretary to travel to Hawaii, in 1994.

Upon arriving in Hawaii, Duncan will hold a panel discussion with military families at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam to discuss issues facing military-connected students, particularly those related to their high mobility. [RSVP is required for access to Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam. Details below.]

On Monday, Duncan will visit Ka Waihona o ka Na'auao Public Charter School in Waianae. There, he will participate in a traditional Hawaiian greeting ceremony and hold a roundtable discussion, learning how the school is using culture-based education to address educational disparities affecting young Native Hawaiians.

To commemorate the visit to his 50th state and highlight one of the Obama Administration's key education reform efforts, also on Monday, Duncan will join Gov. Neil Abercrombie and state Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi to tour Waipahu High School in Waipahu. The school is one of many in the state to see progress through the innovative use of Hawaii's $75 million Race to the Top grant to better prepare students for college and careers. At Waipahu High, Secretary Duncan will visit several classrooms to interact with students and teachers and eat lunch at the student-run café.

Following are Secretary Duncan's public events:


Event 1
Who : Military families

What : Panel discussion with military families to discuss issues facing military-connected students, particularly those related to their high mobility
When :

2:35 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 2014

Note: Media interested in attending must contact Senior Airman Christopher Stoltz at (352) 226-3713 no later than 3 p.m. Saturday, March 29. Those attending will meet the media escort at Hickam's O'Malley gate no later than 1:45 p.m. on March 30.

Where : Makai Recreation Center, Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, 850 Ticonderoga St., Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Event 2
Who : U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
What : Traditional greeting, followed by a roundtable where Secretary Duncan will learn how Native Hawaiians are using culture-based education to address educational disparities affecting young Native Hawaiians. Press availability follows.
When : 8:45 a.m. Monday, March 31, 2014
Where : Ka Waihona o ka Na'auao Public Charter School, 89-195 Farrington Hwy., Waianae, Hawaii
Event 3
Who :

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie
Hawaii State Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi

What : Classroom visits, press availability, lunch with students
When : 11:45 a.m. Monday, March 31, 2014
Where : Waipahu High School, 94-1211 Farrington Hwy., Waipahu, Hawaii
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