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Looking Beyond Current Economic Crisis, U.S. Urgently Needs Education Reform in Order to Keep Up with International Competition

Given the current economic meltdown in Europe and Asia as well as the US, it will be interesting to see what spin Tucker and friends put on the term "most successful countries in the world."
Marc Tucker rides again. For a thorough warning, read Why Is Corporate America Bashing Our Public Schools?. Enter his name in the 'search' on this site.

Read Diane Ravitch.

NEA members should demand an explanation. Well, hey, NEA members should do a whole lot more than sit waiting for a miracle.

First Tier of States to Announce Support of 'Tough Choices or Tough Times'
Education Framework


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- While Americans focus on the current economic slump, even larger challenges to the American way of life lie ahead unless policymakers embrace radical changes to the country's outdated and ineffective education system. This reality is leading state officials and education advocates to hold an Oct. 30 news conference in Washington, D.C., in order to announce a commitment to drastically change their education systems to mirror those of the most successful countries in the world.

The New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce (www.skillscommission.org), which foresaw the education challenges nearly two years ago, has been building state support for its education framework, presented in its "Tough Choices or Tough Times" report.
The Commission will be joined by governors, state education commissioners, and other policy leaders representing a diverse range of states consisting of rural, suburban, and urban populations.

State leaders will discuss their commitment to the initiative and the implementation steps they plan to embark on and what it will mean for the economy and students.

Praise for 'Tough Choices or Tough Times'
"'Tough Choices or Tough Times' proposes a radical overhaul of the U.S. education system."
- Thomas Friedman, New York Times, Dec. 2006

"While that report includes some controversial proposals, there is nonetheless a remarkable consensus among educators and business and policy leaders on one key conclusion: we need to bring what we teach and how we teach into the 21st century."-TIME magazine, Dec. 2006

WHO: Elected officials and leaders from states joining partnership
Marc Tucker, Co-Chair of Implementation, New Commission on the
Skills of the American Workforce
Former U.S. Senator and Secretary of Labor William E. Brock, Co-
Chair of Implementation, New Commission on the Skills of the
American Workforce
John Wilson, Executive Director, National Education Association

WHAT: Announcement and details about first group of states to join
implementation of "Tough Choices or Tough Times" initiative; and
NEA statement about state affiliates' involvement.

WHERE: National Press Club, Zenger Room, 529 14th Street N.W., Washington,

WHEN: Thurs., Oct. 30, 2008 10-11 a.m.


CONTACT: Nicolle Grayson

PRNewswire-USNewswire -- Oct. 24
Website: http://www.skillscommission.org
Source: National Center on Education and Economy



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