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From: Francesca Chambers [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, April 27, 2015 01:38 PM
To: Gleeson, James
Subject: Pool Report 1: Dr. Jill Biden event is now a VPOTUS event
Dr. Jill Biden was suddenly unable to join us. She is still in Deleware for undisclosed reasons. Her husband, Vice President Joe Biden, will be speaking in her place.
Pool was just ushered into the VP's residence for the event that was supposed to begin at 1pm. We are now awaiting the vice president.
Below is some information about today's event, courtesy of our hosts.
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ON BACKGROUND FROM DR. BIDEN'S OFFICE:
Throughout the month of April, we will be celebrating the fourth anniversary of Joining Forces by emphasizing the role of communities in their successful reintegration and continued service to our veterans and their families. At the reception we will announce the key deliverable for the education pillar of the Joining Forces anniversary. Based off of the National Math and Science Initiatives' (NMSI) commitment at the launch of Joining Forces in 2011, the following progress has occurred:
• New commitments made to NMSI by the Department of Defense (DoD) and a coalition of partners, enabling NMSI to now cover 85% of a network of 200 military-connected schools with their AP College Readiness Program.
• Nearly 17,000 more military-connected students will benefit from the program, bringing the total to nearly 50,000 children.
• The new funding will enable expansion of the program to 10 new states, extending NMSI’s reach to teachers and students in 35 states across the country.
This event will bring together military connected youth and their teachers from NMSI schools around the country, NMSI leadership, philanthropic supporters as well as participants from NASA and DoD to celebrate this achievement and to highlight the importance of STEM education. NASA has a strong connection to the military, because many astronauts are active or retired military, or come from military-connected families.
A theme we have woven throughout this month is that military children serve too. As you know, the military lifestyle often can cause disruptive interruptions in a child’s education. Affording military children the opportunity to participate in rigorous AP courses not only increases their likelihood of graduating and going on to receive post-secondary degrees, it also keeps them from falling behind, because AP courses are uniform across the nation. Additionally, students, who pass a certain level of the AP exam, can receive college credit which would help them decrease their cost of a post-secondary education.
Aberdeen High School in Aberdeen, Maryland will have 30 students in attendance. In 2014 Aberdeen High received NMSI’s School of the Year award for their outstanding AP results in the 2012-2013 school year. In 2013, Aberdeen, showed an average first year increase in passing AP scores of 137%, compared to 6.5% in Maryland, and 7.2% nationally, with passing scores of 200% for minorities and 467% for females.
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