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Cabinet Going Back to School Too

By Ed O'Keefe

Various Cabinet secretaries will be roaming the halls of American schools next week.

Updated 5:10 p.m. ET

As if coordinated appearances to celebrate 200 days of the economic stimulus weren't enough, Cabinet secretaries are now headed back to school next week to join students watching President Obama's scheduled nationwide address to schoolchildren.

The "My Education, My Future" events will occur in 11 states and the District of Columbia and run concurrent with Obama's appearance at Wakefield High School in Arlington (the "favorite school" of Post education columnist Jay Mathews). The remarks will air live at least on C-SPAN, the Channel One network and the White House Web site.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan will join Obama at his appearance in Virginia, while three senior officials -- Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairwoman Inez Tenenbaum, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk -- will make appearances at schools in their home states of South Carolina, Illinois and Texas. The others will appear at a mix of charter, elementary, middle and high schools, as well as technical colleges, around the country.

Details on most of the appearances were not immediately available, but they appear to include camera-friendly events and announcements. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki will appear alongside Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) and Anne Arundel school officials when he visits Meade High School in Ft. Meade.

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis will tour the Exeter Job Corps Center in Exeter, R.I. to see how participants work to earn their GED or high school diploma. She's expected to be joined by Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.). Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will visit a Richmond, Va. school named after the father-in-law of Gov. Tim Kaine (D). He'll get a tour of Linwood Holton Elementary School and meet with school district leaders.

Critics have criticized the president's speech as an attempt to indoctrinate, rather than motivate, young people. One Virginia school district has already said it will not broadcast the speech due to logistical concerns.

As The Eye reported earlier Thursday, Cabinet secretaries have been deployed in a coordinated fashion to speak about the economic stimulus and the administration's efforts to help rural communities and areas hit hard by the auto industry's collapse.

See the full list of appearances after the jump.

Secretary Tom Vilsack
Amqui Elementary School
319 Anderson Lane
Madison, Tenn. 37115

Council of Economic Advisers
Chair Christina Romer
School Without Walls
2130 G Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20037

Council on Environmental Quality
Chair Nancy Sutley
Eliot Hine Middle School
1830 Constitution Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

Secretary Gary Locke
Linwood Holton Elementary
1600 West Laburnum Avenue
Richmond, Va .23227

Consumer Product Safety Commission
Chair Inez Tenenbaum
Rosewood Elementary School
3300 Rosewood Dr.
Columbia, S.C.

Secretary Robert Gates
George Washington Village Community Center Fort Belvoir, Va.

Environmental Protection Agency
Administrator Lisa Jackson
Southern High School
800 Clayton Road
Durham, N.C. 27703

Secretary Steven Chu
Thomas Jefferson High School
6560 Braddock Rd
Alexandria, Va. 22312-2297

Homeland Security
Secretary Janet Napolitano
Scotchtown Elementary School
15950 Dorset Road
Laurel, Md. 20707

Health and Human Services
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
Thurgood Marshall Elementary School‪
5120 North 6th Street‪
Philadelphia, Pa.

Housing and Urban Development
Secretary Shaun Donovan
Viers Mills Elementary School
1711 Joseph Mills Road
Silver Spring, Md.

Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Indian Affairs Larry Echohawk
Theodore Jameson Elementary School
United Tribes Technical College
3315 University Drive
Bismarck, N.D. 58504

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.
Amidon Bowden
401 Eye St. SW
Washington, D.C. 20024

Secretary Hilda Solis
Exeter Job Corps Center
162 Main Street
Exeter, R.I. 02822

Office of Management and Budget
Director Peter R. Orszag
Benjamin Banneker High School
800 Euclid Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Secretary Hillary Clinton
New York, N.Y.

Secretary Ray LaHood
Banner Elementary School
12610 N Allen Rd
Dunlap, Ill.

St. Vincent De Paul Elementary School
6001 N. University Street
Peoria, Ill.

Deputy Secretary Neal S. Wolin
Mount Vernon High School
8515 Old Mt Vernon Rd.
Alexandria, Va. 22309

U.S. Trade Representative
Ambassador Ron Kirk
Booker T. Washington High School for Visual and Performing arts
2501 Flora St.
Dallas, Texas 75201

U.S. Mission to the United Nations
Ambassador Susan Rice
E.L. Haynes Public Charter School
3600 Georgia Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

Veterans Affairs
Secretary Eric K. Shinseki
Fort Meade High School
Fort Meade, Md.

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 3, 2009; 3:04 PM ET
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I think it is a great idea for the President of the United States to address the children of the USA. I am a little concerned by the agenda. I should think if he has a topic of importance, but no political agenda, then he should be doing this, and it should be monitored by leaders from all sides. If he has a personal political agenda, and it seems he does, then the address should be open to response by the other party. The parents of children should have the complete agenda before hand and have the option to opt-out of the pitch, if they so choose.

If the President would speak on a topic like, "Say No to Drugs," or "Abstinence Means Wait," or "Family is the Core Value" I would easily support him. Topics like "What President Obama Wants You to Do" are unacceptable if the outcome is support his agenda ... health care reform, stimulus program, same-sex marriage, abortion ... you get the picture. All those things are not core values, they are political hot topics. These are not the right things for the President to address to our children. It smells of socialism, and must not occur.

Posted by: jumpDOG | September 4, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

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