Alexandria, VA- January 31– Former President Bill Clinton will deliver a keynote address to more than 10,000 school board members and education leaders at the National School Boards Association´s Annual Conference in San Francisco, Calif., April 14-17, 2007. The conference is the largest gathering of public officials in the nation and showcases world and national leaders who offer inspiration and insight to school leaders.
President Clinton, during whose term the U.S. enjoyed more peace and economic well being than at any time in history, graduated from Georgetown University and in 1968, won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University. He received a law degree from Yale University in 1973, and entered politics in Arkansas. After serving three terms as Governor of Arkansas, Clinton turned his sights on the White House and was elected in 1992, and then re-elected in 1996. Clinton has continued his distinct career of public service through the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation. His most recent initiative, working with the American Heart Association on the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, focuses on combating childhood obesity.
The conference will also feature keynote addresses from:
* Erin Gruwell and Maria Reyes, a teacher and student who worked together to overcome obstacles to publish Freedom Writers, a book of student writing that has now been turned into a motion picture starring Hilary Swank;
* F.W. deKlerk, the former South African President who fought to dismantle apartheid prior to the election of Nelson Mandela; and
* Jamie Lee Curtis, the actress who has written several critically acclaimed children´s books and has been influential in addressing the issues of self-esteem and positive body image in today´s youth.
In addition, a video message from former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O´Connor will be played as she will be unable to join the conference as previously announced due to scheduling issues.
The conference will also feature more than 200 workshops and sessions on current national topics affecting local education leaders and one of the largest expositions of education products and services in the country. For details, visit www.nsba.org/conference.
Founded in 1940, the National School Boards Association is a not-for-profit federation of state associations of school boards representing 95,000 local school board members throughout the United States. Its mission is to foster excellence and equity in public elementary and secondary education through local school board leadership. NSBA represents the school board perspective in working with federal government agencies and national organizations that impact education, and provides vital information and services to state associations of school boards throughout the nation.
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