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U.S. Education Senior Official to Visit Springfield, Ohio Schools

Discussions Will Focus on Initiatives Funded by Race to the Top, American Jobs Act

Contact:  
Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov
Julie Ewart, Onsite, (312) 282-4864


Event Date 1: November 16, 2011 08:00 am - 08:30 am
Event Date 2: November 16, 2011 09:00 am - 09:30 am
Event Date 3: November 16, 2011 10:00 am - 12:45 pm
Event Date 4: November 16, 2011 01:30 pm - 03:30 pm

Deputy Assistant Secretary for External Affairs and Outreach Massie Ritsch will visit Springfield City Schools on Wednesday, Nov. 16, to learn about the district’s innovative programs aimed at improving students’ college and career readiness, and to discuss the President’s proposed American Jobs Act.

Ritsch will meet with students, parents, teachers, administrators, elected officials, business and higher education leaders, and community partners to discuss how new initiatives that receive federal Race to the Top funding address social and economic challenges that impact student achievement and advance education reforms. These initiatives include a Family Academy that will provide education and training opportunities for parents, and Lincoln Promise Neighborhood, which aims to revitalize Lincoln Elementary School’s neighborhood.

In addition, Ritsch will discuss the impact of the American Jobs Act on Ohio’s schools in separate sessions with Springfield High School journalism students and with local elected and business leaders. In Springfield and the state of Ohio, the American Jobs Act would provide:

--$985.4 million for modernization efforts to rebuild crumbling buildings and classes, which could help begin work on long overdue upgrades to schools and classrooms, supporting an estimated 12,800 jobs.

--$1 billion to the state—enough to prevent an estimated 14,200 teacher layoffs for one school year.


Event 1
Who : Massie Ritsch, deputy assistant secretary for external affairs and outreach, U.S. Department of Education
Jeff Thompson, director of student services, Springfield City Schools
What : Meeting with District’s Race to the Top Transformation Team
When : 8 a.m. ET, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011
Where : Clark Center
1500 W. Jefferson St.
Springfield, Ohio
Event 2
Who : Massie Ritsch, deputy assistant secretary for external affairs and outreach, U.S. Department of Education
Mike Wilson, principal, Lincoln Elementary School
Bob Welker, fellow, Wittenberg University – Center for Civic and Urban Engagement
What : Visit to Lincoln Promise Neighborhood—partially funded through a Race to the Top grant
When : 9 a.m. ET, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011
Where : Lincoln Elementary School
1500 Tibbetts Ave.
Springfield, Ohio
Event 3
Who : Massie Ritsch, deputy assistant secretary for external affairs and outreach, U.S. Department of Education
David Estrop, superintendent, Springfield City Schools
Jim Herrholtz, associate superintendent, Division of Learning, Ohio Department of Education
What : Visit to Springfield High School to learn about the new Family Academy, learn about business partnerships that are generating student internship opportunities, and discuss government and the news media with high school journalism students
When : 10 a.m. ET—Family Academy
11:05 a.m. ET—Workforce Development Internships
11:45 a.m.—Discussion with high school journalism students
Where : Springfield High School
701 E. Home Rd.
Springfield, Ohio
Event 4
Who : Massie Ritsch, deputy assistant secretary for external affairs and outreach, U.S. Department of Education
Jim Herrholtz, associate superintendent, Division of Learning, Ohio Department of Education
Warren Copeland, mayor, city of Springfield
David Estrop, superintendent, Springfield City Schools
What : Meeting with members of Greater Springfield Moving Forward initiative to learn how community and business leaders are partnering with the school district to increase college readiness and retention, and how that effort links to economic development. A media availability will follow.
When : 1:30 p.m. ET – Meeting with Greater Springfield Moving Forward
2:30 p.m. ET – Media Availability
Where : Clark Center
1500 W. Jefferson St.
Springfield, Ohio
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