Civil Rights Assistant Secretary Catherine Lhamon to Address Education Trust’s National Conference in Baltimore

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Catherine E. Lhamon, assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education, will address the Education Trust’s National Conference Thursday in Baltimore.  The theme of the conference is “Become the Change: Closing Gaps in Opportunity and Achievement.”

Lhamon will discuss the Department’s efforts to ensure that students of color have equitable access to educational resources.  As assistant secretary, Lhamon heads the Office for Civil Rights whose mission is to ensure equal access to education and promote educational excellence throughout America through vigorous enforcement of civil rights.

The Obama Administration strongly believes that every child deserves the opportunity to succeed, and education is crucial to the economic strength and security of our nation and communities. The Department of Education’s work is focused on ensuring all students receive an education that prepares them for success in life and their career, through programs including Race to the Top, ConnectED, School Improvement Grants, as well as ED's work to expand access to preschool and make college more affordable.

Note to reporters: Press wishing to cover the conference must register ahead of time. To do so, please contact Blair Mann at [email protected].