Assistant Deputy Secretary Jim Shelton to Participate in Forum on Successfully Replicating School Reform in Urban Cities

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U.S. Assistant Deputy Secretary Jim Shelton will take part in a panel discussion about how cities can radically alter expectations and outcomes of public education at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, in Washington, D.C.

Hosted by Sens. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the forum will introduce a new publication aimed at helping other cities replicate New Orleans’ successful charter school system. The publication was created as part of a five-year project, “Scaling the New Orleans Charter Restart Model,” funded through a 2010 U.S. Department of Education Investing in Innovation (i3) grant award to New Schools for New Orleans, Louisiana’s Recovery School District, and Tennessee’s Achievement School District to help other struggling urban school districts.

Shelton will discuss the critical role that Investing in Innovation (i3) and similar federal education programs are playing in identifying and scaling promising and proven solutions to our most persistent educational challenges.