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Principal meets with U.S. education secretary

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, left, stands with South Johnston High School principal Eddie Price during the Principals at ED meeting.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, left, stands with South Johnston High School principal Eddie Price during the Principals at ED meeting. JOHNSTON COUNTY SCHOOLS

South Johnston High School’s Eddie Price was among 15 principals nationwide who met recently with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as part of the new “Principals at ED” initiative.

Price met with Secretary Duncan and other U.S. Department of Education leaders for a full day of learning and advising on Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C.

“It was certainly an honor to be selected as one of the 15 principals nationally to attend the first-ever roundtable with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan,” Price said. “But more eye-opening than anything for me, the U.S. Department of Education was willing to listen to the principals.”

The goal of the meeting was to bring principals to the U.S. Department of Education to learn more about federal programs and to share experiences from their jobs as school leaders. Throughout the day, the principals met with senior staff from across the agency to learn about and give input on a variety of the department’s programs, policies and initiatives.

“Strong school leadership is the key to ensuring that the best teachers are recruited and supported and that high-quality instruction is offered to kids in every classroom, every day,” Secretary Duncan said. “We are excited that principals from all over the nation spent a full day with us to share their perspectives on leading schools of excellence and equity. Great school leadership matters now more than ever.”

The 15 principals spent time with leaders from offices such as Early Learning, English Language Learners, Special Education, and Educational Technology. The day ended with a roundtable discussion with Duncan and Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Deb Delisle.

“Secretary Duncan applauded the improved graduation rates over the last 20 years but suggested that a funded preschool would help to close the gap in our subgroups and give all students an equal start to K-12 education,” Price said.

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