U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary Frank Brogan to Kick Off Back-to-School Tour in Atlanta

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U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary Frank Brogan to Kick Off Back-to-School Tour in Atlanta

Will Tout Education Freedom Scholarships, Applaud Georgia School Officials for Rethinking Education in Their Cities and Rural Communities, and Discuss Efforts to Curb the Opioid Crisis

U.S. Department of Education's Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Frank Brogan will head to Georgia on Wednesday, Sept. 18 as part of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' 2019 Back-to-School tour. He will visit schools in Atlanta and Jasper, as well as the Next Generation Youth Development Clubhouse—an innovative, safe space for at-risk teens—in Dawsonville. He will meet with school officials, community leaders and students to discuss the Secretary's Education Freedom Scholarship proposal, highlight Georgia's efforts to "rethink" education and discuss the Administration's efforts to fight the opioid crisis.

Brogan's first stop will be the Atlanta Youth Academy (AYA). He will first meet with school leaders, including AYA board member the Honorable Harold Melton, chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court; AYA President Peter Rooney; and alumni. Brogan will then tour the school and hear firsthand how teachers and other staff focus on students' individualized learning. Students will share how the unique style of teaching, tailored to their individual academic needs, has benefited them. Brogan also will discuss how Education Freedom Scholarships could expand education opportunities in Georgia and provide more students with the opportunity to access education options that work best for them.

Later that morning, Brogan will tour Hill City Elementary School in Jasper and visit the school's Agricenter where students are learning about agriculture. The agriculture curriculum is part of a new, three-year pilot in 20 schools that teaches elementary students about the connection between agriculture and their everyday lives.

Brogan, who serves on the federal Interagency Council on Opioid Addiction and leads the Department's Opioid Work Group, will end his day with a visit to the Next Generation Youth Development Clubhouse. The clubhouse is one of three innovative drug-prevention clubhouses funded by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities. Brogan, joined by Dawson County Superintendent A. Damon Gibbs and Next Generation Youth Development Clubhouse Executive Director Bindy Auvermann, will meet with teens and learn how the clubhouse's evidence-based curriculum is teaching them to develop and strengthen their self-management, coping and social emotional skills. Brogan also will highlight the Administration's efforts to combat the growing opioid epidemic.

NOTE: To RSVP for stops on the tour, please email press@ed.gov by noon on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Please include the event name in the subject line. Please bring a photo ID and a valid media credential. You can follow the Education Freedom Tour on social media at #EducationFreedomTour.

Who :

Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Frank Brogan

What :

School visit/tour

When :

7:45 a.m. EDT (open press; media avail following visit)

Where :

Atlanta Youth Academy
2120 Forrest Park Rd.
Atlanta, Georgia


Who :

Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Frank Brogan

What :

School visit/tour

When :

11 a.m. EDT (open press; no media avail)

Where :

Hill City Elementary School
600 Hill Circle
Jasper, Georgia


Who :

Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Frank Brogan

What :

Youth Development Clubhouse visit/tour

When :

1:30 p.m. EDT (open press; media avail following visit)

Where :

Next Generation Youth Development Clubhouse
462 Memory Lane
Dawsonville, Georgia