September 24, 2010

Good Morning:

Here's one appointment where I definitely can't be late. This morning I will read to students enrolled in Benjamin E. Mays Preparatory School's "R.E.A.D. to LEAD" program. My reading selection: Don't Be Late For School by Steve Martin.

Located in the 9th Ward, Mays Prep is one of the many local education success stories I will share during NBC News' Education Nation Summit, Sept. 27-28 at Rockefeller Plaza in New York. The summit will be a nationally televised conversation between parents, students, teachers, business leaders, elected officials, policy makers and advocates on how to improve education. New Orleans has a lot to add to this conversation.

During the summit, Rockefeller Plaza's ice rink will be filled with exhibits spotlighting America's educational system and NBC News will highlight stories on education and the summit throughout the week.

The panel discussion in which I will participate will be moderated by Brian Williams. As you know, Brian, who served as our commencement speaker in 2007, has been a longtime friend of Tulane and New Orleans. I thank him for the honor of being part of this important summit and his continued commitment to our university and city.

Have a great weekend,


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