Former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, who was a big player in high school reform during his tenure, used his prime-time keynote speech to Democrats to stress the link between quality schools and the economy.
It was a nearly 15-minute speech that placed education front and center at the Democratic National Convention.
''If we recruit an army of new teachers and actually give our schools the resources to meet our highest standards, not only will every child in America will be given a fair shot, the American economy will be given a shot in the arm,” Warner said. ''Whether they want to be an engineer or an
electrician, every kid will be trained for the jobs of the 21st Century.’'