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ED in '08: Candidates Put ED on the Agenda

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today Governor Roy Romer,

Chairman of Strong American Schools' ED in '08 campaign, issued the following

statement in response to the growing attention of the presidential candidates

to the need for K-12 education reform:

"I am highly encouraged to see more candidates making education the

priority it deserves to be by releasing serious and detailed proposals for

strengthening America's schools. This is a very positive development for the

election debate. Every candidate should lay out their plan for strengthening

America's schools.

"Just as important, candidates are addressing on what we believe to be the

core elements of any successful school system: high standards, an effective

teacher in every classroom, and time and support for student learning.

"Teachers have a bigger impact on learning than anything else in schools,

so providing an excellent teacher in every classroom should be a major pillar

of any candidates' comprehensive K-12 plan.

"Nothing is more important to delivering true opportunity -- to ensuring

that everyone can live the American dream -- than making sure all of our

children can benefit from a strong education in a strong American school.

Ensuring this is a national challenge that requires national leadership and

voters are keen to hear the candidate plans."

The "ED in '08" campaign is an unprecedented up-to $60 million nonpartisan

public awareness and action campaign supported by The Eli and Edythe Broad

Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The campaign is designed

to raise education to one of the country's top domestic priorities and to

challenge the 2008 presidential candidates to begin a dialogue about how they

will improve American schools.

To join the "ED in '08" campaign, and for more information, log onto:

http://www.EDin08.com.

Strong American Schools, a project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors,

is a nonpartisan campaign supported by The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and

the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation promoting sound education policies for all

Americans. SAS does not support or oppose any candidate for public office and

does not take positions on legislation.

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