Fayette Schools Superintendent Tom Shelton was in Washington on Monday and Tuesday, meeting with other leading school superintendents from around the country.
Shelton was invited to the session as a result of being named School Superintendent of the Year in Kentucky for 2011. About 40 other school superintendents of the year from various states attended the meeting to talk about education issues and mutual concerns.
"There was a lot of networking going on, and we shared ideas on dealing with budget cuts, tough economic times and innovative means of generating new revenue," Shelton said. "The heavy focus was on the economy because every state has been affected by it."
The group met Tuesday with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Among other things, they discussed the government's plan to grant states waivers to drop some requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. Kentucky plans to request a waiver.
The trip involved no expense to Fayette County Public Schools. Shelton returned to Lexington on Tuesday afternoon.