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Aspen Institute's Education Summit: An Urgent Call

The Aspen Institute has
already shown itself to be lapdogs of corporate
interests on the topic of education. Here is
further proof. The first part is a summary.
Scroll down to the agenda.

Put a few of the participant names in a
'search' from the home page on this site and
you'll get plenty of information to fuel your
anger--and break your heart.

9.11.2008 - 03:02pm ET
CSR News from: The Aspen Institute
News Categories: Events & Entertainment
The Aspen Institute Hosts "An Urgent Call"
National Education Summit

Monday September 15th, Mayflower Hotel
Washington DC Webcast Live

(CSRwire) - September 11, 2008 -

Margaret Spellings, Joel Klein, Michelle Rhee,
Randi Weingarten, Al Sharpton,John Schnur, Roy
Romer, Sir Michael Barber, William Green, Tom
Donohue,John Engler, Michael Lomax, Janet
Murguia, John Podesta, Tommy Thompson,Walter
Isaacson Among Participants

Three-hundred national leaders from diverse
sectors of American life are attending the
invitation-only Aspen Institute National
Education Summit – "An Urgent Call" – to revive
the urgency for political and public attention
to sustained and effective education reform.

Full agenda with all speakers:

Blog: http://www.aspenedsummit.blogspot.com/.

Additional information:

The missions of the Summit are to:

*build broad public awareness of the critical
weaknesses in American education today in
relation to other industrialized nations, and
an understanding that every American has a
shared responsibility and stake in the solution
build recognition that a high quality,
effective education is vital to the success of
every American and the future health and
prosperity of our nation

*develop a national consensus that immediate
action is needed to sustain and build on the
essential principles of accountability,
transparency and high expectations for every

*develop a process to grow this consensus and
achieve lasting educational reform
establish common ground and chart the bold
steps necessary to quicken the pace of reform
and mobilize the support needed to create a
public education system that helps every
student succeed and assures a more hopeful and
prosperous future for our country

WHEN:Monday, September 15, 2008 8:30am-9pm EST

Mayflower Hotel, Main Ballroom, 1127
Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC


Monday, September 15, 2008
Mayflower Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Registration & Continental Breakfast - 7:30-
8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks - 8:30-8:45 a.m.
Walter Isaacson, President & CEO, Aspen

Session One: The State of American Education—
Where Do We Stand? - 8:45-9:50 a.m.

Despite spending more money per child than
nearly every other developed country, U.S.
students are falling dangerously behind their
international peers and just half of all
African-American and Hispanic students graduate
from high school in four years. Key leaders,
with different perspectives, will engage in a
frank conversation about the state of American
education, underscoring the urgency of our
current situation. They will discuss how vital
it is that we work across party lines, and with
all sectors of our society to develop a
superior educational system based on
accountability and transparency, that serves
all of our children well for lives of
opportunity and to compete in the global

Introduction: Secretary Margaret Spellings and
Governor Roy Romerâ€Â¨

Commentary: Juan Williams, Fox News and
National Public Radio


Moderator: Michael Lomax, President, United
Negro College Fund
Margaret Spellings, U.S. Secretary of Education
Roy Romer, Chairman, Strong American Schools
Joel Klein, Chancellor, New York City Public
Tom Donohue, President & CEO, U.S. Chamber of
Session Two: Educational performance; what are
the implications for the nation̢۪s economy,
global competitiveness, security, healthcare? -
9:50-11:05 a.m.

For many individuals, the problems facing our
education system appear to have little relation
to or impact on their daily lives. However, our
nation̢۪s health and prosperity depends on a
highly skilled and innovative workforce,
vigorous civic institutions, and fully engaged
citizens—all of which require first-rate
education. For example, high school dropouts
are more likely than graduates to suffer from
health problems that drive up health care
costs, more likely to be involved in criminal
activity, and less likely to vote and take part
in civic affairs. During this discussion,
prominent leaders from the economic, national
security, health care and civil rights arenas
will discuss the importance of an effective
education system to these and other areas of
our national life most often cited by voters.


Moderator: Walter Isaacson, President & CEO,
Aspen Institute
Tommy Thompson, Former U.S. Secretary of Health
and Human Services
John Engler, President, National Association of
John Podesta, President & CEO, Center for
American Progress
Byron Auguste, Chairman, Hope Street Group
Janet Murguìa, President and CEO, National
Council of La Raza
Break - 11:05-11:20 a.m.â€Â¨

Session Three: A matter of will; can we sustain
our commitment to excellence for all children?
- 11:20-12:30 p.m.

Despite broad support for taking action to
improve our schools, there has been a
significant push back against the core elements
of effective reform built on accountability for
results, transparency on performance and high
expectations for every child. Influential
educational leaders will discuss why the broad-
based support for these reform principles at
the national and state level has been difficult
to translate into sustained buy-in at the local
level for making the tough decisions necessary
to improve educational effectiveness. NCLB
passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support
six years ago. What have we learned since the
law began our path toward a national commitment
to accountability for improving the academic
performance of all children?


Moderator: Ron Brownstein, Atlantic Monthly
Kati Haycock, President, The Education Trust
John Deasy, Superintendent, Prince George̢۪s
County Schools (MD)
Randi Weingarten, President, American
Federation of Teachers
Beverly Hall, Superintendent, Atlanta Public
Lunch: Keynote: Sir Michael Barber, Partner,
McKinsey & Company and Former Chief Advisor to
Prime Minister Tony Blair - 12:30-1:45 p.m.

Session Four: Are we aiming at the right
target? Will students be prepared with current
expectations? - 2:00-3:10 p.m.

Americans have long taken comfort in the belief
that the U.S. education system is among the
best in the world. However, the evidence shows
that the rest of the world has caught, and in
many cases, surpassed us in educational
performance. This discussion will focus on the
need to raise the level of expectations for K-
12 students to ensure that they emerge from
high school prepared for success in higher
education and in the modern workplace. In
particular, the session will focus on state
efforts to work together to improve standards,
proposals to create model national standards,
as well as views from key leaders in higher
education and the business community on the
high costs of remediation and re-training.


Moderator: David Bradley, Owner, Atlantic Media
Vicki Phillips, Director, College Ready
Initiative, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Gene Wilhoit, President, Council of Chief State
School Officers
Michael Ortiz, President, California State
Polytechnic University, Pomona
William Green, Chairman & CEO, Accenture and
Chairman Business Roundtable̢۪s Education,
Innovation and Workforce Initiative
Break - 3:10-3:25 p.m.

Session Five: Investing in the Enterprise:
Could Public Education Make the Grade as a
Capital Venture? - 3:25-4:30 p.m.

During this session the audience will be
encouraged to take a fresh look at public
education by imagining that the enterprise must
do more than simply open its doors every year
to attract students and public dollars. Now is
the time to pursue bold reforms that will
produce significant and sustainable gains in
our educational performance at scale.
Participants will propose innovative ways to
better engage parents with information and
options and more effectively use student
performance data for accountability purposes
and to better support teachers and school

Moderator: Katherine Bradley, President,
CityBridge Foundation

Investor: Ted Mitchell, CEO, NewSchools
Venture Fund and President, California State
Board of Education

Pitch Team:

Michelle Rhee, Chancellor, District of Columbia
Public Schools
Michael Feinberg, Co-founder, KIPP Academy
Jon Schnur, President, New Leaders for New
John Chubb, Managing Director Edison Learning
Keynote Session: Condoleezza Rice, U.S.
Secretary of State - 4:35-5:05 p.m.

From Commitment to Action: Special Work
Session/Audience Participation - 5:05-6:00 p.m.

Throughout the day, Summit participants will be
challenged to work together to solidify a
national commitment to key principles of
education reform. This special interactive
session will highlight the broad and growing
consensus in support of those principles and
establish a process for continued engagement of
participants and other local, state and
national leaders in creating an action plan to
more effectively mobilize support for effective
education reform.

Summary of key elements of pre-summit input
from participants and key points from the day
Commitment to principles
Statement of key summit leaders on next steps
Announcement of action plan goals/timeline
Break/Networking - 5:50-6:30 p.m.

Cocktail Reception - 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Dinner & Keynote Speaker - 7:30-9:00 p.m.

— press release
Aspen Institute


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