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Gov. Pawlenty in Nashville for education conference


Gov. Tim Pawlenty will present two awards tonight in Nashville at the Education Commission of the States’ 2009 National Forum on Education Policy: “Shifting Education and the Economy Into High Gear.”

Pawlenty is chair of the ECS, so during the 6 p.m. reception in the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel, he’ll present the 2009 Frank Newman Award for State Innovation and the 2009 ECS Corporate Award.

ECS describes itself as a group of governors, policymakers and business and other U.S. leaders who look for ways to boost student achievement and U.S. competitiveness.

Participants in the forum include: Roger Sampson, president of the ECS; Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen; Mark Nieker, president of the Pearson Foundation; Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; Dr. Allen Odden, president of the Strategic Management of Human Capital; Dr. Richard Elmore, professor of Educational Leadership at Harvard University; and Dr. Clayton Christensen, professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School.