WASHINGTON, Aug. 30- The U.S. Department of Education’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach John White will host a Twitter Rural Forum at #EDRuralChat on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 3-3:30 p.m. ET. Beginning today, Twitter users can submit questions on rural education to the Deputy Assistant Secretary using the hash tag #EDRuralChat.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan held the Department’s first Twitter Town Hall event of any kind on Aug. 24, 2011. Thousands of Twitter users submitted #AskArne questions, and Duncan answered a range of questions related to education reform and supporting student achievement during a town hall conversation moderated by journalist John Merrow.  
The Department of Education uses several Twitter accounts to share information and converse with the education community and the American people. Click here for a complete list of ED’s Twitter accounts.
For general news and information about ED, follow @usedgov. To keep up-to-date with Secretary Duncan, follow @ArneDuncan. Justin Hamilton, ED’s Press Secretary, can be found at @EDPressSec, and Massie Ritsch, Deputy Assistant Secretary for External Affairs and Outreach, shares information and converses with stakeholders, teachers and parents at @ED_Outreach.
Contact: Press Office (202) 401-1579, or press@ed.gov

WHO: John White, deputy assistant secretary for Rural Outreach, U.S. Department of Education

WHAT: Twitter Rural Forum

WHEN: 3 p.m. ET Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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