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Education Secretary and National, State and Business Leaders Examine No Child Left Behind at Business Roundtable Forum

Washington, DC – With the No Child Left Behind Act entering its fourth year, Business Roundtable today is bringing together top government, education, policy and business leaders to examine the progress and future course of the law.

In one of her first appearances as U.S. Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings joins Senator Edward Kennedy, Congressman Michael Castle, Mississippi State Superintendent Henry Johnson and Joseph Tucci, president and CEO of EMC Corp. and chairman of Business Roundtable’s Education and the Workforce Task Force, to discuss No Child Left Behind.

These leaders are focusing on progress under No Child Left Behind in raising student achievement and strengthening accountability in our nation’s schools. This event, being held at the National Press Club, marks the third No Child Left Behind forum sponsored by Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. corporations.

“Three years ago, we supported No Child Left Behind, and today we can say that it is serving its purpose of driving improvement in public education in America,” said Tucci. “No Child Left Behind has begun to close the achievement gap, improve the quality of teaching in the classroom, and at long last hold schools accountable for student achievement.”

Tucci said that, as the nation moves forward with No Child Left Behind, there needs to be a strong commitment to improving math and science education. America’s falling scores on international math and science comparisons are disappointing, and Tucci noted that foreign students now earn nearly half of all the graduate degrees in the U.S. in science, technology, and engineering. “That’s hardly the right formula for growing innovative industries in the U.S. and for maintaining America’s competitive position in the global economy.”

To do better, Tucci said the nation should continue to support No Child Left Behind as one way to improve math and science education in early grades. In addition, Business Roundtable will soon make further recommendations for improving math and science education in American schools. “America enjoys a high standard of living, but we simply do not have the right K-12 education system in place to supply all the future brainpower we will need to sustain our economic leadership in the world,” Tucci said.

The Business Roundtable Education & the Workforce Task Force works to improve education performance and workforce competitiveness in the U.S., with an emphasis on ensuring that American students have the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the worldwide economy. The Task Force promotes standards-based education reform, supports state business coalitions’ efforts to improve state education performance, and provides an effective voice for the business community on critical education and workforce policies that affect the labor supply needed for economic growth.

A complete transcript of the forum discussion will be available following the event at www.businessroundtable.org.

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Business Roundtable (www.businessroundtable.org) is an association of chief executive officers of leading corporations with a combined workforce of more than 10 million employees in the United States and $4 trillion in revenues. The chief executives are committed to advocating public policies that foster vigorous economic growth and a dynamic global economy.

— Press Release
Business Reoundtable


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