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Posted at 06:02 PM ET, 09/21/2011

O'Malley, McDonnell to talk education in New York

The governors of Maryland and Virginia are among those slated to take part in a panel discussion Monday on the state of education as part of NBC News’s “Education Nation” initiative.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) gives an interview to the State House press corps in Annapolis. (AP Photo/Barbara Haddock Taylor)
Spokesmenn for Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) confirmed plans to travel to New York on Monday for the 2011 Education Nation Summit. NBC News anchor Brian Williams will be hosting the summit’s panel of governors, for which McDonnell, O’Malley and at least 10 of their colleagues have been booked.

A No.1 ranking of Maryland’s public schools by Education Week magazine for three years running has given O’Malley plenty to brag about in similar forums. He is also certain to plug the state’s four-year freeze on in-state college tuition, which made the Maryland higher education system more affordable, relatively speaking, during his first term.

Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell participates in a debate. (The Washington Post)
McDonnell plans to discuss several initiatives, including the expansion of charter schools, virtual learning and a package that passed the General Assembly last year with bipartisan support that aims to make college more accessible, a spokesman said.

The assembled governors will also field questions from teachers, principals, parents and students, according to summit organizers.

NBC News bills its Education Nation initiative as an ongoing opportunity “to engage the country in a solutions-focused conversation about the state of education in America.”

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