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Presidential campaigns weigh in on education & libraries

Representatives from all three major Presidential campaigns are expected to participate in this week’s CEF Presidential Forum to be held May 26 in Washington. ALA will be participating in the half-day forum and encourages members to view and participate online.

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ALA members are invited to follow the Forum online as the event will be live streamed  starting at 10:00 AM and running through 12:00 PM EST. ALA has submitted library-themed questions for the Presidential representatives, but you can participate in the event by submitting your questions at or tweeting your questions via twitter using #CEFpresForum.

The Committee for Education Funding (CEF) is hosting the 2016 Presidential Forum, which will emphasize education as a critical domestic policy and the need for continuing investments in education. At the forum, the high-level surrogates will discuss in depth the education policy agendas of the remaining candidates. A second panel of education experts from think tanks will discuss the educational landscape that awaits the next administration.  CEF has hosted Presidential Forums during previous elections.

Candy Crowley, award-winning journalist and former Chief Political Correspondent for CNN, will moderate both panels.

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Kevin Maher

Kevin Maher is the deputy director of government relations at the American Library Association’s Washington Office. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Before coming to the ALA in 2014, Kevin was the vice president of government affairs for the American Hotel and Lodging Association for 20 years.

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