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NBC Universal Presents "Education Nation", An Unprecedented Weeklong Event Examining and Redefining Education In America This September

August 18, 2010View for printing

NBC News Hosts Two-Day Summit on Rockefeller Plaza to Kick Off Weeklong Series Exploring the Greatest Challenges, Most Exciting Opportunities, and Most Innovative Ways to Revolutionize Education in America

Summit Convenes Leaders including U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Along with Teachers, Parents and Students from Across America

NBC News launches its first annual “Education Nation” the week of September 27, 2010 — a nationally broadcast in-depth conversation about improving education in America, beginning with an interactive two-day summit on Rockefeller Plaza. National statistics show that 68% of eighth graders cannot read at their grade level; American students rank 25th in math and 21st in science compared to 30 other industrialized countries; and most college students are “non-traditional” - spending more than four years in college or enrolling well after high school. These are only some of the surprising statistics that prove it is more vital than ever to have a conversation about improving the state of education at all levels, from early education through higher education and beyond.

“Education Nation” will include more than 300 big thinkers in government, politics, business and technology — as well as school administrators, teachers, parents and students from across the country — to tackle the challenges in education and highlight exciting opportunities and big ideas in education reform. The goal of “Education Nation” is to provide clear information on how schools are performing, reimagine what education in America can be, build on national momentum within the policy and reform communities, and inspire changes that enable our nation to prepare a skilled workforce to meet the demands of the future.

Full Story: http://www.nbclearn.com/portal/site/learn/summit
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