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Thursday forum in Gary focuses on education

Indianattorney general Karen Freeman-Wilson. Post-Tribune Phoby Jeffrey D. Nicholls

Indiana attorney general Karen Freeman-Wilson. Post-Tribune Photo by Jeffrey D. Nicholls

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What: Community forum on education

When: 5 p.m. Thursday

Where: Bergland Auditorium, Indiana University Northwest

Updated: June 23, 2014 4:02PM



GARY — Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson is embarking on a strategy to try to boost academically struggling students.

Thursday’s “community conversation” about education will focus on ways that support can be provided for the city’s students to keep them from falling behind.

Gary is one of 14 cities partnering with the National League of Cities and the U.S. Department of Education to develop strategies to improve education. An agreement, signed in March, outlined three priority goals — early childhood education, after-school programs and postsecondary attainment.

Thursday’s forum — led by local public, private and faith-based educators — begins at 5 p.m. in the Bruce Bergland Auditorium at the Savannah Center at Indiana University Northwest.

A breakout session on several topics such as after-school programs, college and career readiness, social services, mentoring and more will follow the forum.

Urban League president and chief executive Vanessa Allen, a former Gary Community School Corp. administrator, and Eddie Melton, an official with Northern Indiana Public Service Co., are chairing the initiative.



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