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Business Roundtable Celebrates Fifth Anniversary of No Child Left Behind Act

Ohanian Comment: Ask yourself: Is any group of professional educators issuing such a statement of celebration?

Is our non-celebration just because we are laggards, people unwilling to reform schools?

Calls Bill a Key to U.S. Competitiveness and Emphasizes Need to Sustain and Strengthen Law During Reauthorization This Year

Washington, DC Business Roundtable, an association of 160 chief executive officers of leading U.S. corporations, today celebrated the fifth anniversary of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and reaffirmed its commitment to working with Congress and the Administration to sustain and strengthen the law when it is reauthorized this year. Business Roundtable has a long-term and continuing commitment to standards-based education reform, both at the state and national levels, and sees this milestone as an opportunity to reflect on progress made to date and renew its belief in the law's goals.

"No Child Left Behind is the centerpiece of our nation's education policy, and education is one of the keys to the United States' ability to compete in our rapidly changing world," said Business Roundtable President John J. Castellani. "NCLB is helping to raise student achievement and close the achievement gap. Given the central importance of education to our nation, it is vital that the law be strengthened during reauthorization."

Business Roundtable remains strongly committed to advocating public policies that improve U.S. education performance and workforce competitiveness. As part of this ongoing effort, on January 16, 2007, the Business Coalition for Student Achievement a broad-based business community effort co-chaired by Art Ryan, Chairman and CEO of Prudential; Ed Rust, Chairman and CEO of State Farm; and Craig Barrett, Chairman of Intel will release a set of recommendations to improve NCLB during reauthorization.

"We look forward to working with the Administration and Congress on the reauthorization of this historic law, and we applaud the efforts of Secretary Spellings to be both more flexible and more firm, as appropriate, with state implementation of NCLB." concluded Castellani.

For more information on Business Roundtable and its education-related initiatives, visit www.businessroundtable.org.

— Press Release
Business Roundtable


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