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U.S. Secretary of Education Duncan comes to Twin Cities for early-learning talks

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will be in the Twin Cities Tuesday for several events, including a town hall forum with Gov. Mark Dayton on early learning.

The governor’s office says Duncan’s visit is scheduled to focus on the need for investment in early-childhood education.

And, notes the governor’s office, the state’s new budget provides an additional $600 million in E-12 education, including $40 million for early-learning scholarships that will help more than 8,000 Minnesota kids attend high-quality child care and preschool. The budget also provides $134 million to help provide free all-day kindergarten, and there is $40 million in new funding for special education.

Duncan’s Tuesday events are:

9 a.m., classroom visit to Pond Early Childhood Family Center, Bloomington

9:30 a.m., Early-learning town hall forum at Kennedy High School, Bloomington. Scheduled to be on the panel with Duncan are:

  • Gov. Dayton
  • Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius
  • Maj. General Richard C. Nash, adjutant general, Minnesota National Guard
  • The Rev. Peg Chemberlin, executive director, Minnesota Council of Churches
  • Laysha Ward, president, Target Community Relations and Target Foundation
  • Art Rolnick, co-director for the Human Capital Research Collaborative, University of Minnesota

Noon, Duncan speaks at the National Network of State Teachers of the Year National Conference,  Millennium Hotel, downtown Minneapolis.

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