Good afternoon, everyone – and welcome to our Department's kick-off event for International Education Week.
As we get started, I want to thank Maureen McLaughlin and her staff, for their dedicated work on international affairs here at the Department – and for helping pull together this event and the week's activities.
Thank you! What a wonderful convention we have here today! As I look around Freedom Hall, I am so hopeful about our nation's future.
In this crowd of 15,000 strong are the future leaders of America. I see future farmers and ranchersand so much more.
Thank you, Dr. Ross, for that kind introduction and for being a great partner in reform.
I'm pleased to be here today to address the Rural Education National Forum because, too often, the challenges of rural education are neglected.
After nearly five years in Washington, I've learned that much of the public narrative surrounding education is wrong or badly exaggerated.