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Last updated on Thursday, November 19, 2009
(UNDATED) - Education Secretary Arne Duncan will outline the Obama Administration’s plans for the nation’s schools in an Indianapolis visit on Thursday.
Duncan will address the National Association of Black School Educators' Annual Conference at the Indiana Convention Center.
He's scheduled to discuss the administration's stance on topics including teacher licensing, charter schools and national school standards.
Education issues have upended traditional partisan political alignments in Indiana, with Republican Governor Mitch Daniels and State School Superintendent Tony Bennett frequently pointing to the democratic president's views as in sync with their own.
Obama has broken with fellow democrats to support charter schools and other education reforms.
Duncan went so far as to threaten to make schools who limit the growth of charters ineligible for some federal grants.
Duncan's visit is the highlight of the five-day conference, which is also scheduled to feature an address by civil rights activist and former democratic presidential hopeful Jesse Jackson.
Indianapolis Public Schools Spokeswoman Kim Hooper says the conference is a chance for teachers from across the country to compare notes on what's working in schools with high minority populations.
The conference also includes a day of workshops for parents on how to help their kids get the most out of school.
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