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Lieutenant Governor Griffin Announces Two-Day Northwest Arkansas School Tour

November 16, 2016

Says, 'competition is benefiting students in Northwest Arkansas'

LITTLE ROCK – Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin today issued the following statement regarding the announcement of his Northwest Arkansas school tour:

"Choice leads to competition, competition leads to innovation, innovation leads to excellence -- and competition is benefiting students in Northwest Arkansas. Providing Arkansas students with an education that allows them to reach their full potential is key to growing our state’s workforce and economy. Northwest Arkansas has some of the highest-ranked high schools in the state and nation, and I am excited to meet with students, teachers, and staff at these schools to learn more about the progress being made in Arkansas schools."

About the Tour

Today, Lieutenant Governor Griffin will visit Rogers High School (a public school), Bentonville High School (a public school), and Haas Hall Academy (a charter school). He will also meet with the staff of Thaden School, a new private school in Bentonville that will open in the fall of 2017. The specifics of each visit are detailed in a separate media advisory.

Today is the first day of a two-day tour. Lieutenant Governor Griffin also intends to visit Fayetteville High School (a public school), Shiloh Christian School (a private school), the Springdale Don Tyson School of Innovation (a public school), and Arkansas Arts Academy (a charter school). The date for the second day of the tour is yet to be determined.

Lieutenant Governor Griffin previously toured Rogers New Technology High School in February of this year.

About Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin

Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin was elected on November 4, 2014. From 2011-2015, Griffin served as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District. For the 113th Congress, he was a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as a Deputy Whip for the Majority. In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, and attended graduate school at Oxford University. He has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 20 years, was deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Lieutenant Colonel Griffin is currently pursuing a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush. Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their two children.

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