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Tom Daschle, Rod Paige to headline Lecture Series

Former U.S. Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle and Rod Paige, former U.S. Secretary of Education, will present “No Child Left Behind: Is It Making the Grade?” at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, in Hall Auditorium, part of the Miami University Lecture Series.

Daschle, elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1978, served there until 1986 when he was elected to the U.S. Senate from South Dakota. He became minority leader of the Senate in 1994 and majority leader in 2001; he retired from the Senate in 2005. Having served 18 years, he is the third-longest serving Senate leader in Democratic Party history. Currently Daschle is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, a visiting professor at the Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute and a Senior Policy Adviser at the law firm of Alston and Bird.

Paige served as the Secretary of Education 2001-2005 — the first school superintendent to serve in this position. After serving for a decade as dean of the College of Education at Texas Southern University he became superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, the nation’s seventh largest district. He was named “National Superintendent of the Year” in 2001. He is currently chairman of Chartwell Education Group, LLC.

Paige helped shape the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, now one the country’s most pivotal education measures. Daschle, who voted for the Act, is now critical of it, claiming it is not living up to expectations.

The lecture is free, but tickets are required due to limited seating. Tickets will be available to the Miami community starting Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the box office in the Shriver Center. Any remaining tickets will be made available to the general public starting Friday, Oct. 13.

Other speakers in the 2006-2007 series include: Gregory Maguire, “Wicked,” Nov. 13; Kathy Reichs, “Crime Lab to Crime Fiction,” Feb. 12; and Bob Schieffer, “From the Anchor’s Desk, Facing the Nation,” March 5.

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Date Published: 09/14/2006
Volume: 26   Number: 5


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