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Congressman Rob Woodall

Representing the 7th District of Georgia

Woodall Visits with Secretary Duncan at High School in Norcross

January 31, 2011
Press Release

Norcross, GA—On Monday, January 31, 2011, Congressman Rob Woodall (R-GA-07) joined with parents, students, teachers, and administrators in welcoming Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to a roundtable discussion on education at Meadowcreek High School in Norcross. The roundtable recognized Gwinnett County Public School System (GCPS) success in winning the prestigious “Broad Prize for Urban Education” last October.

“It makes me very proud to have Secretary Duncan in Gwinnett County getting a close-up look at what a wonderful job our local leaders in education are doing.  I have always believed that decisions made locally serve a community better than those made in Washington, D.C., especially regarding education.  Gwinnett is a wonderful example of what dedicated professionals who know their community can achieve.” Woodall said after the event.

Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA-04), Gwinnett County Public Schools Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks and Meadowcreek High School Principal Bob Jackson also participated in the discussion. 

Principal Jackson delivered welcoming remarks before introducing Superintendent Wilbanks.  Wilbanks delivered a brief speech about GCPS’s recent success before Secretary Duncan delivered his own remarks.  Congressman Johnson, Congressman Woodall and Senator Isakson each took a turn to speak and opened the floor up for discussion.

The roundtable lasted over an hour as parents, teachers and students all contributed to the discussion.

Woodall considered the event a success saying, “Superintendent Wilbanks has built a strong foundation for education in Gwinnett County.  I am proud to stand with him to celebrate Gwinnett’s success.”

Woodall continued, “I am also proud that elected officials on both sides of the political aisle can come together with our local school administrators and discuss how best to serve our children in Georgia.  Gwinnett has tailored its curriculum to the needs of students in its schools.  I am glad that Secretary Duncan was able to visit our corner of the country and see the kind of positive influence that committed local communities can have on education.”

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