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Ethnic media to discuss education at March 6 roundtable

Emory is hosting a roundtable discussion on current education and school-related issues Tuesday, March 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Winship Ballroom of the Dobbs University Center.

New America Media, a nonprofit organization of more than 7,000 U.S. ethnic and community news outlets, is holding the discussion to highlight the education-related issues among ethnic media, local and state school board leaders, academics, government agency officials, parents, community leaders and education advocates.

The roundtable discussion will seek to understand what happened at the recent cheating scandal in public schools in Georgia. It will also highlight what can be done to incorporate the perspectives of ethnic and immigrant communities in Atlanta, which are largely missing from public debate, over education reform issues.

Also at the event, New America Media will release the findings of a multilingual poll on the attitudes, knowledge and perception of Atlanta's ethnic communities on public education and school reform. The poll was conducted in Spanish, English, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese and Creole.

The event, which is in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is free and open to the public.

"This will be an outstanding opportunity to connect with local ethnic media outlets and to identify opportunities for partnerships and closer working relationships with local ethnic media providers," says Sam Marie Engle, senior associate director of Emory's Office of University-Community Partnerships. "It also provides an outstanding opportunity to learn from ethnic communities on public education."

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