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Forum staff reports, Published October 06 2010

U.S. education secretary to attend roundtable Tuesday in New Salem, ND

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan plans to attend a roundtable discussion Tuesday in New Salem, N.D., with Democratic Rep. Earl Pomeroy and education officials from across the state.

This will be Duncan’s first trip to North Dakota, Pomeroy spokeswoman Hillary Price said.

“He’s been to rural schools, but he hasn’t necessarily seen the kinds of rural schools that North Dakota has to offer,” Price said. “It’s a unique opportunity for him to learn more about the challenges facing rural schools and the innovations that North Dakota public schools have come up with.”

Duncan’s visit marks the first time an education secretary has visited the state since the Clinton administration, Price said.

Duncan also will be the second member of the Obama administration to visit the state since early September.

Last month, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack attended events in Grand Forks and West Fargo and also attended a fundraiser for Pomeroy, who’s seeking re-election against GOP challenger Rick Berg.

Duncan, however, does not have any campaign events planned with Pomeroy, said Brenden Timpe, the congressman’s campaign spokesman.