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U.S. Department of Education Officials to Discuss Turning Around Low-Performing Schools at Regional Forum in Austin

Jo Ann Webb, (202) 401-1576,

Event Date 1: July 21, 2010 09:00 am

U.S. Department of Education Deputy Assistant Secretary Carl Harris and Special Assistant Kandace Jones will discuss turning around low-performing schools during a regional forum at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 21, in Austin, Texas. The forum will provide education leaders from six states—Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina—with guidance on the direction the Department is taking to improve persistently low-performing schools, as outlined in the Administration’s blueprint for revising the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

This past spring, the U.S. Department of Education began awarding states a total of $3.5 billion in Title I School Improvement grants to turn around their lowest-performing schools. The funds are awarded by formula to states, which will then make competitive grants to local education agencies (LEAs).

The forum is sponsored by SEDL (formerly Southwest Educational Development Laboratory), a nonprofit corporation in Austin that is dedicated to solving significant education problems and improving teaching and learning through research, research-based resources and professional development.

Event 1
Who : Carl Harris, deputy assistant secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
What : Presentations on turning around low-performing schools
When : 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 21, 2010 (A media avail follows from 10:30 to 11 a.m.)
Where : SEDL Headquarters
4700 Mueller Blvd.
Austin, Texas