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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Subcommittee to Examine State and Local Innovation in K-12 Education

On Thursday, February 14 at 10:00 a.m., the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, chaired by Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), will hold a hearing entitled “Raising the Bar: How Education Innovation Can Improve Student Achievement.” The hearing will take place in room 2261 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

A growing number of state and local leaders are working to redefine education in the 21st century, embracing technology and implementing creative reforms that help students customize their education. Initiatives such as blended learning, online classes, and virtual schools allow parents and educators to move away from outdated, ‘one-size-fits-all’ coursework and instead personalize curriculum to meet students’ unique needs.

Thursday’s hearing will provide members an opportunity to examine the ways these and other creative reforms are boosting student performance and strengthening the nation’s K-12 education system. To learn more about this hearing, visit


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Mr. Jim Shelton
Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement
U.S. Department of Education
Washington, D.C.

Mr. John Bailey
Executive Director
Digital Learning Now
Washington, D.C.

Mr. Preston Smith
CEO & President
Rocketship Education
Redwood City, CA

Ms. Holly Sagues
Chief Policy Officer
Florida Virtual School
Orlando, FL