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Education Secretary's School Safety Town Hall Set

Arne Duncan will speak to interested parties at Loch Raven High School in April.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan's school safety town hall, which will emphasize gun control, has been scheduled.

Baltimore County Superintendent Dallas Dance announced the visit earlier this month, noting that gun control is a topic Duncan is passionate about.

"Today, looking into the eyes of parents who have lost children due to gun violence, I am more committed than ever, and the President is, too," Duncan wrote in a Jan. 16 post on the U.S. Department of Education blog. "Those parents’ unimaginable heartbreak and extraordinary strength must motivate us to act. Now is the time. Our children, families, educators, communities and our country deserve better. We can’t let them down."

The event is scheduled for April 10, from 6 to 7:45 p.m., at Loch Raven High School.

Mychael Dickerson, a school system spokesman, said the town hall is open to the public, but interested participants must register online to attend. The deadline in April 7, according to the National PTA.

Betsy Landers, president of the National PTA, is also slated to speak at the event.

Duncan visited Perry Hall High School on in August 2012 to discuss education reform as part of a professional development event for county teachers. Not even a week later, Robert Gladden, 15, opened fire in the school's cafeteria, leaving a special needs student seriously injured.

Gladden pleaded guilty to attempted murder and was sentenced to 35 years in prison in connection with the incident.

The attack brought Perry Hall into the national gun violence conversation.

dsentz April 01, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Another of Obama's appointed cronies standing on the graves of dead children and pushing his gun-control agenda. Has nothing to do with Education.
CP April 01, 2013 at 07:49 PM
"You never let a serious crisis go to waste..." -Rahm Emanuel
JD1 April 09, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Pathetic - the sooner we get politicians out of education the better we will all be. Meanwhile regarding safety, we still have public schools with unlocked exterior doors. Maybe if Arne suggests it they will lock the damn doors.
Steve April 09, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Arne Duncan isn't a politician. He's a Educator first and foremost. He ran one of the largest school systems in the country.
JD1 April 09, 2013 at 08:13 PM
Steve - that's BS and you know it. The entire Dept of Ed is a huge waste of public funds that could be used to support schools in need rather than paying fat salaries to mouthpieces like Duncan. School safety is a local issue and unfortunately BCPS and the BCPD are not securing buildings. I'm on a school parking lot RIGHT NOW and I'm watching kids and adults walking in and out of a BCPS school. Will Arne fix that?

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