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Starts: 01/27/09 04:00 PM
Ends:  01/28/09 04:30 PM

January 6, 2009

MEDIA CONTACTS: Jane Bornhorst
(202) 994-4519; janeb@gwu.edu
Nick Massella
(202) 994-3087; massella@gwu.edu

ACCESS, AFFORDABILITY, AND QUALITY OF EDUCATION - IMPORTANT TOPICS FOR THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO BE FEATURED AT NATIONAL CAPITOL SUMMIT
JAN. 27 - 28, 2009

EVENT: 

Policymakers, elected members, their staff, and other education stakeholders will gather at the National Capitol Summit to discuss significant issues facing the American education system.  The panelists, including Mary H. Futrell, dean of GW's Graduate School of Education and Human Development; Rod Paige, former U.S. secretary of education; and Jane Oates, senior policy advisor on higher education to governor Jon Corzine (D-N.J.) and former senior education advisor to Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), will introduce policy topics that could address Obama's educational platforms set during the election campaign.  The event is sponsored by Educational Policy Institute, GW's Graduate School of Education and Human Development, The Council of State Governments, Lumina Foundation for Education, the University of Maryland, College Park's College of Education, and Chartwell Education Group.

WHEN: 

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009; 4 - 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009; 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: 

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Union Station - Metro Station (Red line)

RSVP: 

Registration for the two-day event is $195 per person. Full-time students may register for $95, and Capitol Hill staff can receive complementary registration. To register, visit http://fs7.formsite.com/educationalpolicyorg/form507938813/index.html.  Media interested in attending should contact Scott Swail at (757) 430-2200 or wswail@educationalpolicy.org

BACKGROUND:
 
While the economy and the ongoing American presence in Afghanistan and Iraq continue to dominate discussions in Washington, the incoming administration also must focus on the pressing educational opportunity issues that confront students and their families, including:

  • the lack of high-quality early childhood education;
  • a growing high school drop-out rate and a secondary educational system that too often fails to prepare students for postsecondary study;
  • the challenges of finding qualified teachers to enter and remain in the teaching profession, and the parallel challenge of increasing the rigor of teacher preparation and induction programs;
  • continuing concerns with college access for students traditionally underrepresented in higher education, including low-income students, students with disabilities, and students of color; and
  • the skyrocketing cost of college and appropriate financial aid strategies to ensure equity of access.

Founded in 2002, the Educational Policy Institute is an international, non-profit research organization, headquartered in Virginia Beach, Va., with offices in Toronto and Melbourne, Australia. The institute's mission is to provide high-level research and analysis to support policymakers and practitioners and expand educational opportunity to all students. The institute provides a broad array of services to policymakers, organizations, and other stakeholders in the educational and public policy arena. Past clients include Lumina Foundation for Education, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Council on Disability, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, among others.

GW's Graduate School of Education and Human Development, ranked among the top 30 graduate schools of education nationwide by U.S. News & World Report, offers graduate certificate, master's, education specialist, and doctoral degree programs that prepare students for a variety of leadership roles in diverse education and human services settings in public and private sectors.

For more information about Educational Policy Institute, visit www.educationalpolicy.org.

To learn more about GW's Graduate School of Education and Human Development, visit www.gsehd.gwu.edu.

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