Education to Take Center Stage at NCSL Base Camp Online Meeting


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Denver—Two former U.S. education secretaries will headline an online meeting presented by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Arne Duncan and Margaret Spellings will participate in “Education at a Crossroads” during NCSL Base Camp 2020, which takes place Sept. 15-17. NCSL Base Camp will provide an online platform for legislators, staff and other public policy professionals to learn from national policy experts and thought leaders about solutions to the country’s most pressing state issues.

Education at a Crossroads

  • When: Thursday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m. to noon ET
  • Speakers:
    • Arne Duncan
    • Margaret Spellings
    • Moderated by Gavin Payne, GPC Advisors
  • Session description: An unprecedented combination of unexpected and persistent challenges finds education at a crossroads in 2020. As former U.S. education secretaries, Margaret Spellings and Arne Duncan are working with education leaders across the country to chart a path forward. Learn about their efforts to help policymakers navigate the pandemic—and their perspectives on its long-term effects on student outcomes and educational institutions—in this wide-ranging conversation.

NCSL Base Camp 2020 sessions are open to the press. Registration is required but free to credentialed members of the media. Online registration is live. Please review NCSL’s media policy before registering.

NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.