- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The U.S. secretary of education plans to focus on rural education during a series of appearances in Columbus.

The education department says Arne (AR’-nee) Duncan will lead a roundtable discussion Monday morning with teachers from rural communities, where he will hear about their challenges and best practices.

Duncan will also hear from rural superintendents from the Ohio Appalachian Collaborative at an afternoon discussion.

Duncan plans to speak and take part in talks at the Rural Education National Forum at midday. The forum is co-hosted by Battelle for Kids and the Ohio Department of Education, in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education.

The federal department says in a press release that Duncan will promote the importance of equipping and preparing rural educators for new standards and assessments.

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