U.S. Department of Education Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach John White will discuss the Department’s rural education initiatives during two panels at the 2011 Gathering of the National Rural Assembly Wednesday in St. Paul, Minn. White also will travel to St. Peter, Minn., to host a White House Rural Council community round table discussion of the challenges and opportunities in rural schools. The event, organized by the office of U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, will be held at St. Peter Senior High School on Thursday morning.
At the Rural Assembly Gathering, White will serve on panels titled “Federal Education Grants: How’s It Working for Rural Schools?” and “Transitions to Adulthood: Policy Issues Affecting Rural Youth Ages 16-25.” The National Rural Assembly is a movement of people and organizations devoted to building a stronger, more vibrant rural America for children, families, and communities. Participants include more than 500 local, regional, and national organizations based in 47 states and the District of Columbia. The goal of the assembly is to make the country stronger by improving the outlook for rural communities.