Earlier this year, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan had scheduled a visit to the capitol city, but that was postponed due to weather. Now, he’s finally able to make a stop in Hartford and talk about improving access to college education.
The group will meet at University High School of Science and Engineering in Hartford to talk college readiness, access and affordability. It’s a roundtable discussion with 10 seniors – all of whom plan on attending college in the fall. They’ll get the conversation flowing with Duncan, Gov. Dannel Malloy, Senators Richard Blumenthal and Christopher Murphy, Lt. Gov Nancy Wyman and Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, among others.
The audience will consist of students from the school as well as parents. The U.S. Dept. of Education has taken a number of steps to expand college access and to improve affordability. Some of the steps include doubling federal investments in Pell grants, making tax credits available and reforming students loans. The department has also worked to ensure that FAFSA reflects the diversity of families.
Today’s discussion begins at 1:40 p.m.