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150 School Districts to Participate in Conference on Labor-Management Collaboration

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Leaders from 40 states Representing More Than 5 million Students Expected

Today the Department of Education announced that it has selected 150 school districts from among the 245 applications it received to participate in its upcoming conference on labor-management collaboration Feb 15-16 in Denver, Colo.

"Union leaders and administrators across the country are finding new ways to work together to focus on student success," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. "The leaders from these 150 districts are committed to bold reforms and are showing the country what is possible when adults come together, particularly in tough times, to do the right thing for kids."

The broad cross section of participating districts selected by the Department closely mirrors the make-up of our nation's schools. Approximately 34 percent are from cities, 34 percent from suburbs, 8 percent from towns, and 24 percent from rural areas. The districts are almost evenly divided between those with fewer than 10,000 students and those with more than 10,000 students. Overall, close to 5.2 million students will be affected by the work of the districts invited to participate.

The event is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education in partnership with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association, National School Boards Association, American Association of School Administrators, Council of the Great City Schools, and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. Funding to support the conference is being provided by the Ford Foundation.

Media access to the event is limited due to space and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. MEMBERS OF THE PRESS WHO WISH TO ATTEND ARE ASKED TO RSVP AT PRESS@ED.GOV.

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