Vice President Biden, U.S. Education Secretary Duncan, Sen. Kerry, and Rep. Hoyer to Visit Florida, Massachusetts and Maryland to Amplify President's College Affordability Plan

U.S. Department of Education, Press Office, (202) 401-1576,
Erin Mulhall, Vice President Joe Biden's Office, (202) 503-5401
Whitney Smith, Sen. John Kerry’s Office, (202) 224-4159,
Maureen Beach, Rep. Steny Hoyer’s Office, (202) 225-3130,
Jill Anderson, Harvard Graduate School of Education, (617) 496-1884

Event Date 1: February 06, 2012 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Event Date 2: February 06, 2012 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm
Event Date 3: February 06, 2012 03:30 pm - 04:30 pm
Event Date 4: February 06, 2012 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and his senior staff, Sen. John Kerry, and Rep. Steny Hoyer will visit three states on Monday, Feb. 6—Florida, Massachusetts and Maryland—to promote access and affordability in higher education by asking states to rein in rising college costs. Over the past three years, the Administration has taken historic steps to help students and families afford college, including reforming the federal student aid system to expand grant aid and college tax credits.

Biden, joined by the U.S. Department of Education’s Under Secretary Martha Kanter, will visit Florida State University in Tallahassee at 11 a.m. to discuss the importance of tackling rising college costs to ensure America’s students and workers can obtain the education and training they need for jobs in this global economy.

Duncan will join Kerry at a town hall meeting with college students from Massachusetts at 1 p.m. at Emerson College in Boston. Duncan and Kerry will discuss a number of higher education issues, including college affordability and student debt, and preparing students for the jobs of the 21st century.

Later that afternoon, at 3:30 p.m., Duncan will participate in the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Askwith Forum, “Fighting the Wrong Education Battles.” The forum will be held on campus in the Askwith Lecture Hall located inside Longfellow Hall. Duncan will discuss a number of topics, including the importance of school reform and school accountability, and student achievement. He also will address the debate over competing claims about the importance of in-school and out-of-school influences on student achievement and the argument that the struggle to advance a well-rounded curriculum is at odds with creating school accountability.

In Maryland, college affordability will be the topic of an afternoon roundtable discussion with students attending two- and four-year colleges—both public and private—and career schools. The U.S. Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education Eduardo Ochoa will join Hoyer at 1 p.m. at the Waldorf Center of Higher Education in Waldorf, Md. Ochoa will provide an overview of the President’s proposal to keep college affordable. Following remarks by Ochoa and Hoyer, students will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their campus’ perspectives on various issues.

Event 1
Who : Vice President Joe Biden
Under Secretary Martha Kanter
What : College affordability event at Florida State University
When : 11 a.m. ET Monday, Feb. 6, 2012
Camera pre-set time: 5:45 – 6:45 a.m. ET
Restricted access time: 6:45 – 9 a.m. ET
Press Arrival Time: 9 a.m. ET
Final Press Access Time: 10:30 a.m. ET
Where : Florida State University
Basketball Training Facility
520 W. Madison St.
Tallahassee, Fla.

NOTE: Media must RSVP to no later than 5 p.m. ET Sunday, Feb. 5. You must provide the NAME, POSITION (Reporter, TV Camera, Photographer, etc.) MEDIA OUTLET, PHONE and EMAIL for each person planning to cover the event. At the event, you will be required to wear your outlet’s media credential at all times, either around the neck or pinned to clothing.

Satellite Truck Parking: South Entrance of Florida State University Basketball Training Facility off of W. Madison St. Once on-site, parking will be directed. Press Parking: Leon County Civic Center Parking Lot, 505 W. Pensacola St. Press Entrance: Will be directed on-site

Event 2
Who : U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Sen. John Kerry, (D-Mass.)
Emerson College President Lee Pelton
What : Education town hall
When : 1 p.m. ET Monday, Feb. 6, 2012
(Cameras may preset beginning at noon. A media availability will follow the town hall.)
Where : Emerson College
Paramount Center
Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre
559 Washington St.
Boston, Mass.
Event 3
Who : U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
What : Remarks at Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Askwith Forum
When : 3:30 p.m. ET, Monday, Feb. 6, 2012
Where : Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Askwith Lecture Hall
Longfellow Hall
13 Appian Way
Cambridge, Mass.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event. Press who are interested in attending MUST contact Jill Anderson, (617) 496-1884.

Event 4
Who : Eduardo Ochoa, assistant secretary for postsecondary education, U.S. Department of Education Rep. Steny Hoyer, (D-Md.)
What : Education roundtable
When : 1 p.m. ET Monday, Feb. 6, 2012
Where : Waldorf Center for Higher Education
3261 Old Washington Rd.
Waldorf, Md.