Education Secretary Duncan Joins Congressman Clyburn in South Carolina to Highlight Innovative Education Reform, Importance of College Affordability

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At 10:50 a.m., Duncan and Clyburn will join Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley and Charleston County Public Schools Superintendent Nancy McGinley for a roundtable discussion with policymakers, business leaders and teachers on school reform and community engagement. The roundtable will be held at James Simons Elementary School in North Charleston, and a press availability will follow the event at 11:35 a.m.

At 1:15 p.m., Duncan, Clyburn and former U.S. Education Secretary Richard Riley will visit Scott's Branch High School in Summerton to speak with students about their role in the school's "Creating a Corridor of Innovation" project. With support from the Department's Investing in Innovation (i3) grant program, KnowledgeWorks and the Riley Institute are working with local educators and leaders to support the creation of a New Tech High School model that can be sustained and replicated to increase college and career readiness at Scott's Branch and in high-poverty rural areas regionally and nationally.

Finally, at 4:30 p.m., Duncan and Clyburn will host a college affordability town hall with students and community leaders at Allen University in Columbia. Duncan will discuss the Obama Administration's initiatives to keep college within reach for middle-class families. A press availability will follow the town hall at 5:40 p.m.