Condoleezza Rice to speak at April education summit
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is slated to join Gov. Bobby Jindal at an education conference in Baton Rouge on April 17. Rep. Steve Carter, R-Baton Rouge, says the meeting will be a follow-up of sorts to one held last year that helped kick off the push for education legislation in the last session. The location, format, and complete roster of speakers for this year's conference have not been finalized. All legislators and statewide officials will be invited to the public event, Carter says. He notes that higher education might be among the topics of discussion, which would be a change from last year, when the conference focused exclusively on K-12. Rice co-chaired with former New York City public schools leader Joel Klein a Council on Foreign Relations–sponsored education task force, which concluded in 2012 that "The United States' failure to educate its students leaves them unprepared to compete and threatens the country's ability to thrive in a global economy and maintain its leadership role," according to a summary at CFR's website. —David Jacobs
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