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FYI FROM SEN. RONALD RUSSELL

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Senator Russell to Attend Leadership Summit on Education
Ronald E. Russell, Chairperson of the Committee on Education and Youth has been invited by the Commissioner of Education, Dr. Noreen Michael, to be part of an eight member Virgin Island delegation attending the United States Department of Education's High School Reform Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. on October 8, 2003.
The Summit will bring together leaders from around the nation giving them a unique opportunity to discuss developments at the federal, state and local levels. Using the framework of the No Child Left Behind Act, the summit will provide policymakers and government officials with key information that is critical for making wise investments of taxpayer dollars and creating sound educational policy reforms.
Secretary of Education Dr. Rod Paige will be the featured speaker at the morning plenary session. Senator Russell stated that his expectations for the summit are high. "Meeting and sharing ideas with top education and policy makers around the nation will help us in the Virgin Islands address solutions to the problems facing our territorial high schools. It will also serve as a valuable networking opportunity to forge new relationships with key education officials around the nation", said Senator Russell. "The road to education reform in the Virgin Islands is long and we must gather all the tools necessary to make a significant change", the Senator concluded.

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