Rae Ann Kelsch, Chair of the House Education Committee, North Dakota responds to remarks by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Education Secretary Arne Duncan at the First National Summit on Rural Education and Economic Development held by the Education Commission of the States in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. From left: David Longanecker, President, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Colorado, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Melody Schopp, Secretary of Education, South Dakota Department of Education, Diane DeBacker, Commissioner of Education, Kansas Department of Education, Senator Cooper Garnos, Majority Whip and Chair of the Senate Education Committee, Stephanie Tyler, President, AT&T Nevada (a sponsor of the Education Summit), Rae Ann Kelsch, Chair of the House Education Committee, North Dakota House of Representatives. Longanecker moderated the summit for ECS. The ECS created by Congress in 1965 includes a range of education policy makers who convene and share education information to build and implement effective education policy. USDA Photo by Bob Nichols.
April 28, 2014