The Catholic University of America

April 28, 2008

Three Education Professors Participate in White House Summit

Three faculty members from CUA's Department of Education - John Convey, Leonard DeFiore and Merylann Schuttloffel - participated in the April 24, 2008, White House Summit on Inner-City Children and Faith-Based Schools held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

In his 2008 State of the Union Address, President Bush announced this summit as an opportunity to help increase awareness of the challenges faced by low-income students in the inner cities and address the role of non-public schools, including faith-based schools, in meeting the needs of low-income inner city students.

On April 18, President Bush stated that "the purpose of the summit is to highlight the lack of educational options facing low-income urban students. And we're going to bring together educators and clergy and philanthropists and business leaders, all aiming to urge there to be reasonable legislation out of Congress and practical solutions to save these schools - and more importantly, to save the children."

Throughout the day there were several panel discussions featuring experts from the fields of education or public service related to educational service delivery. President Bush addressed those gathered for the summit as did Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. The President observed that the inability of the United States to provide the highest quality education to every child "is one of the greatest civil rights challenges."

"Overall, the summit was very worthwhile," reflected John Convey, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Professor of Education and former CUA provost. "All the presentations were good."