WASHINGTON--Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the former Chicago Public Schools CEO, visits Chicago's Schurz High School on Friday, along with Gov. Pat Quinn, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, State Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood), the assistant majority leader, current CEO Jean-Claude Brizard and labor officials.
The purpose, according to Duncan's office is to "discuss and celebrate the progressive education reform happening across Illinois." Bringing in state labor honchos might serve to try to smooth relations with teachers unions in Illinois; the event comes as Quinn is about to layoff state workers.
I don't know yet what achievements the officials will be celebrating. There will be a press conference at the Northwest Side school following the noon event.
Chicago public schools open Tuesday and Emanuel and Brizard launch the new school year welcoming students Tuesday morning at the STEM Magnet Academy, 1522 W. Fillmore St. with a press conference after the event.
Duncan hits Chicago to wind up a back-to-school multi-state swing. Here is his schedule:
Wednesday, Sept. 7
8:20 a.m. (press avail 9:35 a.m.)
The Secretary will kick off the "Education and the Economy" bus tour around the Great Lakes region with a panel discussion with Pittsburgh Superintendent Linda Lane and local labor leaders that will focus on labor management collaboration.
Pittsburgh King PreK-8, 50 Montgomery Place, Pittsburgh, Pa.
11:55 a.m. (press avail 1:05 p.m.)
The Secretary will highlight the positive impact of high-quality early learning programs and the Department's recently launched state-level grant competition, the Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge, with a classroom visit and roundtable discussion at the Early Connections - Early Learning Center. U.S. Sen. Robert Casey Jr. is scheduled to join via Skype.
Early Connections - Early Learning Center, 704 State St., Erie, Pa.
3:40 p.m. (press avail 4:45 p.m.)
The Secretary will highlight the role of partnerships in driving educational success during the "Connecting Cleveland's Communities and Classrooms" panel discussion with national and local leaders in community service at East Technical High School. Participants will include Joshua DuBois, executive director of The White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships; Acting CEO for the Corporation for National and Community Service, Robert Velasco II; state Superintendent of Public Instruction Stan Heffner; Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson; and Cleveland schools CEO Eric Gordon.
East Technical High School, 2439 East 55th St., Cleveland, Ohio
The Secretary will meet with Toledo Superintendent Jerome Pecko, area teachers and labor leaders and observe a peer panel review meeting at the Toledo Federation of Teachers Union Hall. Following the panel's peer review, the Secretary will take questions from the teachers and administrators.
Toledo Federation of Teachers Union Hall, 111 S. Bryne Rd., Toledo, Ohio
Thursday, Sept. 8
8 a.m. (press avail 9:05 a.m.)
The Secretary will begin day 2 of the "Education and the Economy" bus tour with a stop in Detroit, where he will join Gov. Rick Snyder, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, and Emergency Financial Manager Roy Roberts for an event at Charles H. Wright Academy of Arts and Science to highlight recent steps initiated by the state and city of Detroit to provide better support and turn around persistently low-performing schools across Michigan.
Charles H. Wright Academy of Arts and Science, 19299 Berg Road, Detroit, Mich.
11 a.m. (press avail 12:15 p.m.)
The Secretary will address a faculty panel from the University of Michigan's School of Education to discuss what needs to be done in order to better support teachers and prepare them to be successful in the classroom.
University of Michigan School of Education, 610 E. University Ave., Ann Arbor, Mich.
4:45 p.m. (press avail 5:45 p.m.)
The Secretary will deliver the keynote address at the One Region, One Vision committee's annual meeting, cohosted by the Northwest Indiana Quality of Life Council. Duncan's remarks will draw on the importance of engaging all sectors - public and private - in education, and the role education plays in restoring and sustaining a vibrant economy. Participants will include State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett and hundreds of local business leaders.
Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza, 800 East Lincoln Highway, Merrillville, Ind.
Friday, Sept. 9
8:15 a.m. (press avail 9:35 a.m.)
The Secretary will start the final day of the "Education and the Economy" bus tour with a visit to the Milwaukee School of Career and Technical Education, which is a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) focused school that was awarded a federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) in 2010. National and local leaders, including U.S. Sens. Herb Kohl and Ron Johnson, State Superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction Tony Evers, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee Superintendent Gregory Thornton, will join Duncan for a classroom visit and town hall to promote the importance of turning around persistently low-achieving schools.
Milwaukee School of Career and Technical Education, 5075 North Sherman Blvd, Milwaukee, Wis.
Noon (press avail 1:35 p.m.)
The Secretary will close the bus tour with a visit to Carl Schurz High School, where he will visit a classroom and engage in a panel discussion with local leaders, including Gov. Pat Quinn, State Sen. Kimberly Lightford, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago public schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard and state labor officials, to discuss and celebrate the progressive education reform happening across Illinois.
Carl Schurz High School, 3601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, Ill.
Saturday, Sept. 10
No public events scheduled
Sunday, Sept. 11
Sec. Duncan will visit a Washington Lee High School in Arlington, Va., to meet with teachers to honor their service on the front lines on 9/11, hear how educators coped with the event and its aftermath, and also uplift teachers as the unsung heroes who have had to incorporate the history and lessons of that day into the curriculum for a whole generation of students over the last decade.
Washington Lee High School, Media Center, 1301 N. Stafford St., Arlington, Va.