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U.S. Education Secretary Duncan to Visit Florida

Jacksonville, Tampa Events Scheduled

Contact:  
Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov


Event Date 1: October 13, 2010 - October 14, 2010

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will travel to Florida where he will spotlight a promising charter school program Wednesday in Jacksonville and participate in a forum to recognize the progressive labor agreement at the Hillsborough County Public Schools Thursday in Tampa.

In Jacksonville, Duncan will join U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown in a ribbon cutting ceremony, officially opening Florida's first KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) school. KIPP is a national network of public charter schools preparing underserved students for success in college and life. The event will be preceded by a classroom visit and followed by a press availability.

In Tampa, the secretary will participate in a forum with national, state and local educators celebrating the collaborative work of the Hillsborough County Teachers Association and Hillsborough County Public Schools on their progressive labor-management contract, along with the Empowering Effective Teachers initiative funded in part by a $100 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A press conference will follow.


Event 1
Who : U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown.
What : Ribbon cutting ceremony to open Florida's first KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) school, a national network of public charter schools preparing underserved students for success in college and in life. A classroom visit precedes the ceremony and a press availability follows.
When : Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010
10:40-10:55 a.m. -- Classroom visit
11-11:20 a.m. -- Ribbon cutting ceremony
11:20-11:30 a.m. -- Press availability
Where : KIPP School, 1440 McDuff Ave., North, Jacksonville, Fla.
Event 2
Who : U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association.
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers.
Andy Ford, president of the Florida Education Association.
Jean Clements, president, Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association.
MaryEllen Elia, superintendent of the Hillsborough County Public Schools.
What : Roundtable forum with national, state and local educators to recognize the collaborative work of the Hillsborough County Teachers Association and Hillsborough County Public Schools on their progressive labor-management contract, along with the Empowering Effective Teachers initiative funded in part by a $100 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
When : Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010
10:45-11:30 a.m.
11:45-noon press conference
Where : Rampello Downtown Partnership School, 802 E. Washington St., Tampa. Fla.
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