U.S. Department of Education Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach John White and Sterling Speirn, president and chief executive officer of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, will host a Twitter chat on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. ET to answer questions about partnerships, innovation, and education reform in high-need rural schools. The Kellogg Foundation has supported rural applicants in the Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund grant competition, and supports programs that help children to achieve success in many rural communities.
President Obama’s FY2013 budget request includes a discretionary funding increase of $1 billion for education, maintains critical formula funding that many rural schools depend on, and proposes new grant opportunities to support innovation. Many rural schools are forming partnerships to increase their capacity to compete for federal dollars, overcome their unique challenges, and increase student achievement.