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Tomblin to host education summit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will host a statewide education summit in Charleston on Tuesday to raise awareness about "the critical need to provide every child with a quality public education."

The summit, "Excellence in Education: It's Everyone's Business," will be co-hosted by the Education Alliance, and will gather business, education and community leaders to discuss how to improve student achievement in West Virginia.

The Education Alliance was founded in 1983 and was the first public education fund in the country to go statewide, focusing on community partnerships with public schools.

Tuesday's summit will be in a town-hall format and it will be moderated by former Gov. Gaston Caperton. It will feature experts from the Foundation for Excellence in Education.

"As we think about the tremendous opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for our state's economy, the connection between jobs and education is obvious," Amelia Courts, president and CEO of the Education Alliance said in a press release. "West Virginia will need each and every one of our state's 280,000 public school students to be fully prepared for the complex and high-tech jobs of the future."

Tomblin named education reform a priority for the state earlier this year, introducing and ultimately passing legislation that focuses on student performance and quality of instruction.

"We've taken a bold step this year and committed ourselves to improving our children's education. Through gatherings like this, we can learn from one another and work together to develop the methods that will enable us to reach the goals we've set -- and provide our children with the very best," Tomblin said in a prepared statement.

This is the second statewide education-based conference held this year. The first-ever West Virginia Safe Schools Summit was hosted by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin in February, and focused on facilities and communication with students.

The "Excellence in Education" summit will take place at the Charleston Civic Center from 9 a.m. through 3 p.m.

For more information, contact the Education Alliance at 866-314-KIDS or visit www.educationalliance.org/summit.

Use the hashtag #wvedmybusiness on Twitter to follow social media updates during the conference. Reach Mackenzie Mays at mackenzie.mays@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4814.


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