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January 9, 2002

CONTACT: Lauren Cain
Director of Communications

Florida Education Secretary Jim Horne to Join U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige During Roundtable Discussion of New No Child Left Behind Act

Florida Board of Education Secretary Jim Horne will be one of the chief state schools officers joining U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige on Thursday at the historic Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens in Alexandria, Va., to kick off a new partnership to leave no child behind. Paige and chief state school officers will meet throughout the morning to discuss the new No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the new, bipartisan law to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Credentialed news media are invited to attend the closing session from 11:15 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

NOTE: Florida media affiliates in the Capitol area cwho would like to interview Secretary Horne can contact Lauren Cain, Director of Communications for the Florida Board of Education, at 850.201.7406 or 850.5098.4387 (cell). A press availability will begin at approximately 12:25 p.m. President Bush signed the education reform bill into law during a three-state tour on January 8, 2002.

WHEN: 10:30-11 a.m. MEDIA CHECK-IN
12:25 P.M. PRESS AVAILABILITY (Bolton Room)
WHERE: Mount Vernon Estate
(Media should enter through the main gate)
George Washington Memorial Parkway A
Alexandria, Va.

This event is open to members of the media with valid media credentials, including photo identification.

Chief state school officers from the following states and territories are expected to attend: Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virgin Islands, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.