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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is moving the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee from Washington to Gillette this Friday to help gain a better perspective on high school reform in rural areas. At the field hearing, Enzi will listen to educators from across Wyoming and ask questions about how the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) can be changed to support high school reform efforts across the country.
 
“Parents, teachers, principals and administrators in Wyoming see children on a daily basis and have the insight we need to effectively reform education. The best way to look at reform is from the ground up. That is why it is important to bring a fact-finding hearing beyond the Beltway and into Razor City to hear what is and isn’t working with high school education. This Committee needs a full understanding of high school reform efforts in rural communities before it goes forward amending education laws that will impact the entire country,” said Enzi, Ranking Member of the HELP Committee.
 
Enzi will chair the HELP Committee hearing, “Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization: Rural High School Reform,” at the Gillette College Technical Education Center at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, July 23. The Committee will hear testimony from a panel of witnesses including:
 
Rollin Abernethy, Professor and Associate Provost, University of Wyoming
Brandon Jensen, Principal, Cody High School
Kevin Mitchell, Superintendent, Park County School District No.1
James Rose, Executive Director, Wyoming Community College Commission
Verlyn (Lyn) Velle, Coordinator of Career and Technical Education, Campbell County School District
 
The hearing is open to the public and Enzi encourages the community to attend.
 
This hearing is part of a series of hearings the HELP Committee has held on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as the No Child Left Behind Act.