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Day One: Secretary Duncan visits Wisconsin and Iowa

Secretary Arne Duncan is visiting WI and IA, April 18-19, to discuss college affordability, elevating the teaching profession, fostering community partnerships in ed, as well as training & retraining youth & adult students to enter the workforce through effective career & technical ed programs.


  1. Duncan started the day in Madison, Wis., where he hosted a college affordability town hall with students at East High School, followed by a question-and-answer session.
  2. In the afternoon, Duncan joined U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, to host a White House Rural Council town hall with agriculture teachers and students from across Wisconsin.
  3. Duncan then traveled to Dubuque, Iowa where he joined the Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell, ED's director for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, to hold a “Together for Tomorrow” town hall on the value of community partnerships, and to announce the Together for Tomorrow School Improvement Challenge.