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Co-founder of urban public charter school to speak, April 7

Rajiv Vinnakota, co-founder and managing director of the SEED Foundation , will present a lecture titled "From Equal to Equitable: Leveling the Playing Field for Education for the Poor" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, in 16 Robertson Hall.

A 1993 Princeton graduate, Vinnakota co-founded the country's first urban public charter boarding school in 1998. SEED (Schools for Educational Evolution and Development) is designed to serve the most disadvantaged urban students in the Washington, D.C., area. It began with 40 seventh-graders, and now enrolls 305 students in grades seven through twelve.

Vinnakota has received the Princeton Club of Washington's Community Service Award and the Oprah Winfrey Show's Use Your Life Award, among other honors. He was named to Princeton's board of trustees last year.

Vinnakota's visit is part of the Practitioner-in-Residence Program sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs . The program brings public policy leaders to campus for up to a week to meet with students.

Contact: Tom Bartus (609) 258-3601

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