U.S. Education Under Secretary Ted Mitchell, Other Department Officials to Address 2015 SXSWedu Conference in Austin, Texas

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U.S. Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell and other Education Department officials will participate in the 2015 SXSWedu Conference this week in Austin, Texas.

Mitchell will join in a panel discussion Tuesday on “Innovative Tools & Strategies to Access Higher Ed.”  President Obama’s proposed fiscal year 2016 budget for education would improve access, affordability and student outcomes in college. Included would be two years of free community college for responsible students and a $29.7 billion investment in Pell Grants to maintain the purchasing power of this critical, need-based grant assistance after 2017.

The SXSWedu forum began in 2011 with the goal of celebrating innovations in learning. Since then, it has grown to include hundreds of speakers – some from around the world – spotlighting promising practices in education.

In addition to Mitchell’s appearance, other Department officials speaking at the event include:

Monday, March 9

Tuesday, March 10

Wednesday, March 11