U.S. Secretary of Education to talk jobs, economy in Mason

Arne Duncan (Source: U.S. Dept. of Education)
Arne Duncan (Source: U.S. Dept. of Education)

MASON, OH (FOX19) - U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is in Mason on Wednesday, where he will hold a discussion  with parents and school officials about programs to promote excellence in education, expand job growth and invest in the economy.

Duncan will visit Louisville on Thursday.

During the visits, Duncan will highlight how the American Jobs Act will benefit public schools in Ohio and Kentucky and provide critical resources during tough budget times.

Under the Act, Ohio would receive $985 million and Kentucky $390 million for modernization efforts to rebuild crumbling buildings and classes. The funding would support 12,800 jobs in Ohio and 5,100 in Kentucky. Ohio would also receive $1 billion, enough to prevent an estimated 14,200 teacher layoffs for one school year.  Kentucky would get $406 million, enough to prevent an estimated 6,100 teacher layoffs for one school year.

While in Mason, Duncan will participate in a Parent Town Hall co-hosted by Parenting magazine's Mom Congress, an initiative to celebrate and connect parents who have made a difference in the fight for better schools. Participants will include 200 parents from the Mason City and Cincinnati public schools. Topics will range from local issues affecting Cincinnati-area classrooms to national education reform and jobs.

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