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U.S. Education Secretary to Visit Local School, U.Va. Class On April 12

April 7, 1999 -- U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley will gain and offer insights into the federal government's role in public education during visits at Johnson Elementary School and the University of Virginia on Monday, April 12. Reporters and photographers are invited to accompany Riley at both locations.

Riley will visit Johnson School at 1645 Cherry Ave. from 1:45 to 2:30 p.m. to observe and discuss the role federal grants can play in helping children learn to read. At 3 p.m. at U.Va. he will address students during an "American Politics" class in Wilson Auditorium taught by Larry Sabato, the Universitiy's Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs.

From 1:45 to 2 p.m. at Johnson School, Riley will observe a Book Buddies tutor working with a child in the school's Book Buddies room. From approximately 2 to 2:30 p.m., he will meet in the school's conference room with several educators to discuss the relationship of federal grants in stimulating tutoring of children in reading.

Staffing for the tutoring program at Johnson School is provided in part by U.Va. students who receive federal work-study funds to serve as reading tutors through the America Reads initiative.

Staffing is also provided from volunteer tutors in the Book Buddies Program, a collaborative effort uniting Charlottesville City Schools educators with faculty and students in U.Va.'s McGuffey Reading Center. The volunteer program was co-founded by Marcia Invernizzi and Connie Juel, faculty in U.Va.'s Curry School of Education. Through a Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA) grant and America Reads work-grant program, a Book Buddies Program has also been established in a Bronx, N.Y. school.

Expected at the 2 p.m. meeting are Jim Henderson, Johnson principal; Connie Juel, a U.Va. education professor and CIERA co-director; Marcia Invernizzi, a U.Va. associate professor of education; and Carol Rasco, director of America Reads.

Following his visit at the school, Riley will address U.Va. and high school students attending Sabato's class. The high school students are Virginia Youth Leaders, the first class in U.Va.'s Center for Governmental Studies' Youth Leadership Initiative.

For more information about Riley's visit at Johnson School, call Cecilia Minden-Cupp, program coordinator at U.Va.'s Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement, at (804) 243-8688.

For more information about Riley's visit to Sabato's class, call Alex Theodoridis, program director, in the Center for Governmental Studies at (804) 243-8468.

Contact: Ida Lee Wooten, (804) 924-6857

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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