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Superintendent Blocker to Speak at National Conference

Orange County Public Schools Superintendent Ronald Blocker has been invited to speak at the Many Voices, One Song: No Child Left Behind national conference in Baltimore, Maryland, on June 7, 2006.

Blocker was invited to speak to the national group because of the academic advances made by low-income students in the district who are ethnically diverse and English-language learners. Being a strong believer in the close relationship between school success and community involvement the superintendent will also share with attendees the importance of building and maintaining strong ties between parents/volunteers and schools.

"I have always believed that all children can reach their full academic potential," said Blocker. "It is very exciting and encouraging to share with others from across the country what we are accomplishing in Orange County."

The two-day forum is sponsored by the Office of Innovation and Improvement, in the U.S. Department of Education. More than 350 leaders from across the country will share their views on how best to inform parents of their rights, responsibilities and options under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.