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Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann to discuss education at UNI's presidential candidate forums

November 23, 2011
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Ben Allen, UNI president, 319-273-2566, ben.allen@uni.edu

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, stacey.christensen@uni.edu

Jonathan Ahl, news director, Iowa Public Radio, 515-725-1702, jahl@iowapublicradio.org

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Congresswoman Michele Bachmann will kick off a series of presidential candidate education forums at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Bengtson Auditorium in Russell Hall at the University of Northern Iowa. UNI and Iowa Public Radio (IPR) will host presidential candidates this fall to share their views on education as part of UNI's Presidential Candidate Education Forums "Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities in Education Today." The forums are free and open to the public. Guests can park in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center Visitor's lot.

The forum, moderated by Ben Kieffer, host of IPR's "The Exchange" talk show, will focus on policy initiatives related to education reform and broader implications for global competitiveness. The forum will include a 30-minute address from Bachmann regarding her education platform, followed by a series of education-related questions from the audience. IPR will also broadcast the forum at 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1.

"Education has long been a prized value of Iowans, and UNI plays an important role in preparing Iowa's teachers," said Benjamin Allen, UNI president. "We're pleased to host presidential candidates and to help elevate education reform issues facing Iowa and America in an ever-increasing competitive global economy." 

Elected in 2006, Bachmann is the first Republican woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota. Prior to serving in the U.S. Congress, Bachmann was elected to the Minnesota State Senate in 2000 where she championed the Taxpayers Bill of Rights. Before that, she spent five years as a federal tax litigation attorney, working on hundreds of civil and criminal cases. Bachmann sits on the Financial Services Committee (FSC) and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. She received her J.D. at the O.W. Coburn School of Law at Oral Roberts University and an L.L.M. in Tax Law at the College of William and Mary.  She is married with five children and has opened her home to 23 foster children, which has inspired her to become one of Congress' leading advocates for foster and adopted children, earning her bipartisan praise for her efforts.

IPR manages station operations for WOI AM and FM, licensed to Iowa State University; WSUI-AM and KSUI-FM, licensed to The University of Iowa; and KUNI-FM and KHKE-FM, licensed to University of Northern Iowa. IPR informs, enriches and engages Iowans through radio programming and other media. IPR enhances civic and cultural connections across the state, strengthening communities and reflecting Iowa's sense of place. More than 200,000 listeners tune in weekly.