U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Meets With Brazil’s Minister of Education José Mendonça Bezerra Filho

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Meets With Brazil’s Minister of Education José Mendonça Bezerra Filho

Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos met with Brazil’s Minister of Education José Mendonça Bezerra Filho to discuss that country’s commitment to bilateral cooperation and improving education for their nations’ students. Below is a summary of that meeting.

“I want to welcome Minister Mendonça Filho to the U.S. Department of Education and thank him for his commitment to education,” Secretary DeVos said. “I look forward to working with Minister Mendonça Filho and all of our international partners to share best practices, create strong working relationships, and open up new lines of communication to give all students an equal opportunity to a great education.”

Secretary DeVos and Minister Mendonça Filho had a productive conversation about several topics of mutual interest, including career and technical education, higher education exchanges, and education reform ideas for their respective countries.

Additional attendees at the meeting, which was held in the Secretary’s conference room, included:
Christian Vargas, chargé d’affaires, Brazilian Embassy, Washington, D.C.
Leandro Gomes Cardoso, head of the International Office, Ministry of Education, Brazil
Franklin Silva Netto, head of the Education Section, Brazilian Embassy, Washington, D.C.
Leonardo de Souza Leão, education advisor, Ministry of Education, Brazil
Emmanuel Macedo da Silva Filho, press advisor, Ministry of Education, Brazil
Kim Ford, acting assistant secretary, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education
Lenore Garcia, Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
Rafael Nevarez, International Affairs Office, U.S. Department of Education
Sambia Shivers-Barclay, International Affairs Office, U.S. Department of Education
Mara Tekach, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Who :

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos
Minister of Education of Brazil José Mendonça Bezerra Filho

What :

Meeting between U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Minister of Education of Brazil José Mendonça Bezerra Filho

When :

Today, March 30, 2017, 12 – 1 p.m.

Where :

U.S. Department of Education
Lyndon Baines Johnson Education Building
400 Maryland Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C.