U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will be joined by U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and Broderick Johnson, assistant to the President and cabinet secretary, for a visit to Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore on Wednesday, May, 6, to meet with students, educators and local business and community leaders. They will be joined by Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Gregory Thornton and Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery for a press conference about their meetings in Baltimore and the Obama Administration’s efforts to support the community.
The Secretaries and education officials will highlight ongoing efforts to support progress and healing in Baltimore, and work to improve access to high-quality educational, financial literacy and job opportunities for youth. They will discuss the availability of funds for a project to help residents, especially youth and young adults, of West Baltimore and other neighborhoods access the job training they need to put them on a pathway to a better, more prosperous future. The Obama Administration’s commitment to expanding opportunity and equity continues to guide Administration initiatives — from My Brother’s Keeper to Race to the Top to School Improvement Grants to Promise Neighborhoods.