Assistant U.S. Education Secretary Collett to Visit Kansas During Back-to-School Tour

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Assistant U.S. Education Secretary Collett to Visit Kansas During Back-to-School Tour

As part of the U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ 2019 Back-to-School Tour, U.S. Assistant Education Secretary Johnny W. Collett will travel to Wichita and Overland Park, Kansas, to visit education programs designed to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities.

Collett, who oversees the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), is among several top Department officials travelling across the country this week to visit schools and education programs rethinking educational opportunities for all students.

First, Collett will visit Levy Special Education Center in Wichita to tour the school and meet with administrators, teachers, and students to learn more about the school’s programs and how it provides supports and services to students with disabilities.

In the afternoon, he will visit Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park to tour the school and participate in a private roundtable with students and faculty.  Saint Thomas Aquinas High School is a 2012 Blue Ribbon School and was recognized for overall academic excellence.  Saint Thomas Aquinas is one of dozens of schools in the state that is approved to receive scholarship funds as part of the state’s Tax Credit Scholarship Program for low income students who attend one of the 100 lowest-performing schools, as identified by the State Board of Education.  Secretary DeVos’ Education Freedom Scholarships proposal, introduced in both the House and Senate, could help support and expand programs like this one in Kansas.

To follow along with the visit, please follow Assistant Secretary Collett and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services on Twitter.

Who :

U.S. Assistant Education Secretary Johnny W. Collett

What :

School tour and discussion with school leadership

When :

8:45-10:00 a.m. CDT
Media Avail – 10:00 a.m.
Open Press (tour only)

Where :

Levy Special Education Center
400 N. Woodchuck Street
Wichita, KS

RSVP:
Please RSVP no later than 8 a.m. CDT Monday to press@ed.gov, include “Wichita” in the subject line and bring a valid media credential and photo ID.


Who :

U.S. Assistant Education Secretary Johnny W. Collett

What :

School tour and roundtable with students and faculty

When :

1:30-3:00 p.m. CDT
Open Press (tour only)

Where :

Saint Thomas Aquinas High School
11411 Pflumm Road
Overland Park, KS

RSVP:
Please RSVP no later than 8 a.m. CDT Monday to press@ed.gov, include “Overland Park” in the subject line and bring a valid media credential and photo ID.