Senior Official for Rural Outreach to Address National Rural Assembly

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John White, the Education Department's deputy assistant secretary for rural outreach, will participate in two sessions at the 2013 National Rural Assembly on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 25-26, in Bethesda, Md.

At 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, White will convene a panel discussion on Building Pathways for Rural Youth. He will share information about the Administration's initiatives to improve educational opportunities and raise achievement for students in rural communities, including the President's ConnectED Initiative proposal to expand access to broadband for 99% of American's students.

At 8:45 a.m. ET on Wednesday, June 26, White will take part in the White House Rural Council Breakout Session entitled Quality of Life, along with representatives from the departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services.

The 2013 National Rural Assembly will bring together some 200 rural leaders and advocates to discuss ways to build smarter rural policies that benefit the entire country. Participants include local, regional, and national organizations based in 47 states and the District of Columbia.