Gov. Scott Walker will be featured as part of a bipartisan slate of governors during a panel discussion of The State of Education during NBC News' 2011 "Education Nation" Summit on Monday, Sept. 26. The annual summit will continue on Sept. 27 as well.

NBC News' Brian Williams will host the discussion, which focuses on education and economic competitiveness.

In a press release sent from the governor's office Tuesday, Walker says "I believe we have a great story to tell about our reforms and our bipartisan collaborations to further improve our schools. ... Improving education is a key to ensuring we have a talented workforce that will grow and attract jobs."

According to the release, among the topics to be discussed are some highly controversial, hot-button Wisconsin issues, including budget cuts, the role of teachers unions, teacher effectiveness, charter schools and online learning. Other issues include college and career preparation, Common Core standards, No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top.

The participating governors will field questions from constituents, including teachers, students, parents and principals, who are part of an invitation-only audience. It should be lively, to say the least.

Ten governors from around the country have confirmed their participation. will stream both days of panel discussions live at and the sessions will be available for on-demand viewing on the website after the event.


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