U.S. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. to Speak at National Charter Schools Conference in Nashville, Tennessee

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U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. will appear before the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ National Charter Schools Conference Tuesday in Nashville, Tennessee.

At 2 p.m. CT, King will participate in a “fireside chat” with Andy Rotherham, co-founder of Bellwether Education Partners.  Following that, at 3:30 p.m., he will deliver a keynote address to a general session of the conference. His 3:30 p.m. speech will be livestreamed on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ED.gov/.  At both appearances, King will discuss a broad range of issues affecting charter schools.  

The U.S. Department of Education is a strong supporter of charter schools.  In May, the Department announced a competition to award $65 million in grants to as many as 20 Charter Management Organizations across the country to create and expand charter schools that support students from underserved communities.  Since the inception of its Charter Schools Program, the Department has awarded more than $3 billion to schools nationwide to provide students with equitable educational opportunities.