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Vol. 45, No. 40

June 2, 2011

Regional Committee Seeks Input for U.S. Education Secretary


Federal education officials are seeking advice on educational needs across the country Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has appointed advisory committees for 10 U.S. geographic regions to conduct needs assessments and provide feedback reports this summer.

The Central Regional Advisory Committee will assess educational needs in Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. The committee is inviting state and local education officials, business leaders, parents, and community leaders to participate in online meetings to be held June 13 and June 20.

Representing Missouri on the 11-member committee are Margie Vandeven, assistant commissioner of the Office of Quality Schools at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and John Turner, assistant superintendent of the Dallas County School District.

“The upcoming webinars are part of an ongoing effort to assess the needs of states, schools and other education stakeholders,” Vandeven said.  “We definitely need input from people within the central region, and I am hopeful we will have good participation from Missouri.”

The regional advisory committees also will assist the U.S. Department of Education in establishing priorities for the 2012 Comprehensive Centers Program grant competition.  These regional centers will provide technical assistance to help build the capacity of states to support their districts and schools in increasing student achievement.

For more information about the webinars and how to submit written comments, visit