In the wake of Minnesota pouring cash into early childhood education, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit the state to talk about President Obama's plan to pump cash into programs for the smallest learners.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan during a Kentucky visit in June
Duncan, who is hosting events across the country to promote Obama's early learning proposal, will visit Bloomington's Pond Early Childhood Family Center in the early morning on Tuesday and meet with a host of Minnesotans working on early education initiatives at Bloomington's Kennedy High School for a town hall event.
The participants in the town hall event include: Gov. Mark Dayton, Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius, Adjutant General, Minnesota National Guard Richard C. Nash, Executive Director of the Minnesota Council of Churches Rev. Peg Chemberlin, President of Target Community Relations and Target Foundation Laysha Ward and Co-Director for the Human Capital Research Collaborative at the University of Minnesota Art Rolnick.
Duncan will also speak to the National Network of State Teachers of the Year conference at noon in Minneapolis.
The education secretary visited Minnesota in January of last year to talk about college readiness and spoke to the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce the year before. During that 201 Chamber visit, he challenged Minnesota to do better at closings it’s achievement gap. “There are lots of states that have made more progress,” he said at the time.
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In a visit to Richardson Elementary School in North St. Paul, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan touted the benefits of early childhood education and urged legislators to invest in preschool programs.