U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will be in Hartford on Tuesday at a Hartford Public School to talk about higher education.

Duncan will be joined for the afternoon event by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and his education commissioner and U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy and Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra.

The school the leaders will visit — University High School of Science and Engineering — is a public school that has partnered with the University of Hartford as a sort-of “middle college” where all courses are honors level and students are able to enroll in courses at the university.

Duncan plans to talk about FAFSA and resources that are available to help students access higher education.

Yesterday, President Obama hosted college presidents from around the country, including Connecticut Board of Regents President Gregory Gray, to help push efforts to increase college enrollment and completion. Education Week has the full rundown of that initiative and what Gray and officials at Yale and Wesleyan University have promised to do to help increase access.

Duncan has visited Hartford a handful of times in the last couple of years, including after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School and when the state won a wavier to the requirements included in No Child Left Behind.

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Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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