Mr. Duncan Goes To Washington

Fresh off of news that teacher quality was improving in CPS (Chicago schools make gains in hiring better grade of teachers), Arne Dunca joined several other big-city schools chiefs (Rhee, Klein, Hall) in testifying before Congress today.

The focus was on the challenges and successes of urban education reform.

See below for the announcement. I'm working on getting the statement he delivered.

Oh, here it is: Arne Duncan (PDF).

Advisory: House Education Committee to HoldHearing on Challenges and Successes in Urban Education Reform

Mayors and

superintendents of NYC, DC, Chicago and Atlanta Schools to Hold Press

Availability before Hearing


On Thursday, July 17, the House Education and Labor Committee will hear from mayors

and school superintendents of major U.S.

cities, including New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago,

and Atlanta, at

a hearing on their challenges and successes in working to improve public


Just before the hearing, at 9:15 a.m.,

U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA), the chairman of the Committee, will hold a

press availability with the mayors, superintendents, and other lawmakers.

WHAT: House Education Committee to Hold Hearing on “Mayor and

Superintendent Partnerships in Education: Closing the Achievement Gap,” preceded

by a press availability


Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, New York


Chancellor Joel

I. Klein, New York City

Public Schools

Mayor Adrian M.

Fenty, District of Columbia

Chancellor Michelle

Rhee, DC Public Schools

Arne Duncan, Chief

Executive Officer, Chicago

Public Schools

Beverly L. Hall, Superintendent, Atlanta

Public Schools

WHEN: Thursday, July 17, 2008

9:15 a.m. EDT

press availability; 10:00 a.m. EDT hearing

WHERE: Press Availability and Hearing:

House Education and Labor Committee Hearing Room

2175 Rayburn House

Office Building




PURPOSES: Please note that due to limited seating, reporters are encouraged to

reserve seats through the Press Office. Only credentialed members of the news

media will be permitted to take photographs and use seating reserved for the

news media. Television crews planning to attend the hearing or the press

availability should notify the committee in advance by calling Rachel Racusen

at 202-226-0853 or emailing

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