ED in '08: Candidates Put ED on the Agenda
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
"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:
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.