October 2, 2002

Cleveland Forum to Highlight Mayoral Leadership in Improving Public Schools
Mayor Campbell to Host Forum on October 8

Cleveland Mayor Jane L. Campbell, who chairs the U.S. Conference of Mayors Education Committee, will host a forum on mayoral leadership in improving public schools on Tuesday, October 8, 2002. Participating mayors will exchange best practices for improving public schools and hear from public education researchers and experts, including Eli Broad, founder of The Broad Foundation.

Mayors' Forum on Improving Public Schools

Cleveland Mayor Jane L. Campbell and 15 other mayors
Eli Broad, Founder, The Broad Foundation
Leading public education researchers

Tuesday, October 8, 2002

8:30 - 11:30 a.m.:
Ritz Carlton Hotel, 1515 Third Street
Opening remarks and discussion

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.:
Jane Addams High School, 2373 East 30th Street
Press conference, then lunch with students

1:45 - 3:30 p.m.:
Ritz Carlton Hotel, 1515 Third Street
Additional discussion

Approximately 15 mayors from across the nation are expected to attend the forum, including Boston Mayor and Conference President Thomas Menino, Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic, Chair of the Conference's Advisory Board, Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell, Long Beach Mayor Beverly O'Neill, Rochester (NY) Mayor William Johnson, Boise Mayor Brent Coles, San Bernardino Mayor Judith Valles, Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy, Manchester Mayor Robert Baines, Gary (Ind.) Mayor Scott King, Trenton Mayor Douglas Palmer, Irvington (NJ) Mayor Wayne Smith, North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Henry Hays, and Garfield Heights Mayor Thomas Longo.

The forum is the first of several education meetings to be held under a new partnership between the U.S. Conference of Mayors and The Broad Foundation, who announced the formation of their Mayors' Initiative on Leadership in Education in June. A complete schedule and list of speakers is available here.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,139 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor. The primary roles of the Conference of Mayors are to promote the development of effective national urban/suburban policy; strengthen federal-city relationships; ensure that federal policy meets urban needs; provide mayors with leadership and management tools; and create a forum in which mayors can share ideas and information. More information about the Conference is available at

The Broad Foundation is a Los Angeles-based entrepreneurial grant-making organization, established in 1999 by Eli and Edythe Broad. The Foundation was started with an initial investment of $100 million that was recently increased by the Broad family to $400 million. The Foundation's mission is to dramatically improve K-12 public education through better governance, management and labor relations. More information about the Foundation is available at

Andy Solomon, (202) 861-6766


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