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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 04/25/12
Mayor Kasim Reed to Welcome ‘Education Nation’ to the City of Atlanta
NBC News to bring a series of education-focused events and programming to the city from May 4 to 7
Mayor Kasim Reed and a host of city, state, business and civic leaders will welcome “Education Nation On-The-Road” to Atlanta from May 4 to 7 to create more public awareness and dialogue around education issues facing the region. Education Nation is an initiative of NBC News to engage the public in solutions-focused conversation about the state of education in America.
Atlanta marks the second stop of the national tour. Starting May 4, an NBC News team will spend a week in the city, partnering with its affiliate station, 11Alive (WXIA-TV), and its sister network Telemundo. During the week, NBC News and its partners will air education-focused programming and host a series of special events that bring Atlanta-area educators, elected officials, business leaders, parents and students together to share information, exchange ideas and inspire change. All events will be hosted at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.
“The recent economic downturn and the emergence of new international competitors in the global marketplace show that we have to invest more in our citizens than ever before,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. “That’s why we need to prepare our children more wisely through our schools, job training and after-school programs. In Atlanta, we welcome and embrace any and all opportunities to explore ways to equip our children with the tools they need to face an uncertain future and ensure the strength of our nation.”
“I look forward to welcoming ‘Education Nation’ to Atlanta,” said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. “Providing a more rigorous and relevant education for our students is a goal many share, and I look forward to having the opportunity to share the innovative work we're doing to improve student achievement in Georgia.”
“Education Nation Atlanta,” launches at 9:15 a.m. (ET) on Friday, May 4. Mayor Reed, Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll B. Davis Jr. and George State School Superintendent John Barge will join Atlanta-area students and the NBC News and 11Alive teams at the official Opening Ceremony at Georgia Aquarium. 11Alive anchors Ted Hall and Karyn Greer will lead the event, portions of which will be covered by 11Alive.
From noon to 2 p.m. (ET), on Sunday, May 6, NBC News Chief Education Correspondent Rehema Ellis and 11Alive’s Brenda Wood and Donna Lowry will lead a live Teacher Town Hall forum from Georgia Aquarium that brings together local teachers of all levels for a frank and open discussion about what works in the classroom and how to address the top challenges facing the region’s education system. Teachers will be invited to participate in-person or via webcast with the ability to provide comments and feedback through EducationNation.com and social media platforms. The full Teacher Town Hall will be broadcast live on 11Alive and streamed live on EducationNation.com.
From noon to 1 p.m. (ET) on Monday, May 7, Atlanta-area leading business and civic leaders will gather at Georgia Aquarium for Job One: Preparing America to Compete in the 21st Century, a moderated panel discussion led by NBC News’ David Gregory. Panelists and guests, including Governor Deal and Mayor Reed, will share ideas and recommendations for ensuring the region’s students and workforce have a competitive edge in our global economy. Portions of the “Job One” event will be broadcast live on 11Alive, and the entire program will be streamed live on EducationNation.com.
NBC News and 11Alive will provide education-related reports leading up to and during the Atlanta leg of the “Education Nation” tour, as well as coverage of the “Education Nation Atlanta” events.
If you are a reporter interested in covering any of these events, please send a request to Meghan Pianta at NBC News Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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