Acting U.S. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. to Participate in the White House Rural Council Poverty Summit

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Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr., joined by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, will participate in a White House Rural Council Poverty Summit on Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Washington, D.C. The summit will address some of the biggest challenges facing rural communities—chronic poverty, early childhood development, access to education and workforce development, and substance abuse—and evidence-based and promising practices to ensure rural families have opportunities to thrive.

Hosted by the National Association of Counties, in coordination with the White House Rural Council and the National Governors Association, the event will bring together more than 2,000 appointed and elected county officials from across the country, along with federal and state policy makers, and experts in the field of rural poverty and evidence-based approaches to discuss this pressing issue.