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U.S. Education Secretary Duncan to Visit North Carolina, Keynote N.C. Central University HBCU Symposium, Visit Classroom and Hold Discussion on Teachers’ Jobs Bill

Liz Utrup, (202) 401-1576,

Event Date 1: June 03, 2010 09:45 am
Event Date 2: June 03, 2010

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will keynote the North Carolina Central University HBCU Symposium, titled Setting the Agenda for HBCUs, Thursday morning. At the symposium, Secretary Duncan will discuss the continuing importance and vitality of HBCUs, and the role they can play in boosting graduation rates and preparing minority students to become teachers. The symposium will focus on transformational leadership and accountability, student success and access, diversification of the curriculum, community engagement, and comprehensive funding approaches.

In the afternoon, Secretary Duncan will visit Southern High School where he will meet with student leaders and hold a panel on teachers’ jobs with Governor Bev Perdue, Congressman Bob Etheridge and Durham County School Board Chair Minnie Forte-Brown. During the panel, Secretary Duncan will highlight the positive impact of ARRA funding in North Carolina and the need for emergency funding to save education jobs. In 2009-2010, ARRA funds supported 241 jobs in Durham, 80 jobs in Chapel Hill-Carrboro, and a total of 1,243 jobs in Wake County. In recent weeks, Secretary Duncan has urged Congress to approve an additional $23 billion in emergency support to preserve education jobs. According to a report by the White House Council of Economic Advisors, emergency funds could save more than 10,000 education jobs in North Carolina.

Following the panel, Secretary Duncan will hold a brief media avail in Southern High School’s Media Center from 12:15-12:30 p.m. EDT.

Event 1
Who : U. S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan
What : Keynote address at North Carolina Central University’s HBCU Symposium, Setting the Agenda for HBCUs
When : 9:45 a.m.
Where : Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center
4700 Emperor Blvd.
Event 2
Who : U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue
Minnie Forte-Brown, School Board Chair/Durham Co. School Board
Congressman Bob Etheridge
What : Secretary Duncan will meet with student leaders, participate in a panel discussion on the Teachers’ Jobs Bill and hold a media avail.
When : 11:05-11:10 a.m. – Meet and Greet with Student Leaders (closed press)
11:10-11:30 a.m. – Meet and Greet with Panel Participants (closed press)
11:30 a.m. -12:15 p.m. – Teacher Jobs Bill Panel and Discussion
12:15 p.m.-12:30 p.m. – Media Avail
Where : Southern High School
800 Clayton Rd