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U.S. Dept of Ed listens and learns at library

December 16, 2009

This afternoon at 3 p.m. at the Birmingham Public Library downtown, Peter Groff will meet a representative group of students, parents, teachers, administrators and community and business leaders. Groff, director of the Department’s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, is here to get feedback about the federal education agenda , including issues that range from early childhood education to teacher quality and workforce development.

Because of space and the desire to give everyone there a chance to speak, the number of attendees will be small, but they have a big job to do as they give our federal government a closer look at what is important to our community. The topic is a big too, education reform, and the purpose is important, as government officials listen and learn from the people they are supposed to serve.

As representatives of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told Karen Rolen at the Community Foundation, this is a chance to collect the pulse of the country. Birmingham is just one stop on the tour, but an important one, because of grassroots efforts like Yes We Can! Birmingham, Birmingham Education Foundation and the School Readiness Initiative.

We know our community cares about its children and we are looking for ways to make a difference. We hope today’s session is one more opportunity for the voice of the people to be heard.

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