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Mayor Plusquellic and Superintendent James Attend U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Education Event, which Includes “Fireside Chat” with Bill Gates


City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of stephanie york
Published: 03-13-2014

        Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic is in Washington DC today, along with several other key mayors from around the country who provide leadership or serve on a number of education task forces and teams, participating in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and U.S. Conference of Mayors, Mayors in Education Convening

            In a full-day of discussions on various educational issues, Mayors in Education Convening will examine “how cities can greatly increase the achievement of students, particularly those who are disadvantaged.”  Mayor Plusquellic invited Superintendent David James to participate in the event, which starts tonight and is followed tomorrow with a jam-packed agenda on educational topics.  As part of tomorrow’s meeting, participants will get to spend an hour with Bill Gates discussing opportunities to champion education, and ultimately economic and community development, by supporting high academic standards and great teachers in their cities.

            “I am grateful to be here discussing education, a topic that is vital to our community and one that is always in the forefront of my mind,” said Mayor Plusquellic.  “This is a great opportunity for mayors to share ideas, discover new resources, and learn from one another.  I am especially honored to be spending part of my day with Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, who is supporting us in our efforts to prepare our children to become good citizens and members of a prosperous American economy through the best educational tools possible.”

For further information, contact:
stephanie york
communications director
Phone: 330-375-2345
E-mail: [email protected]

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