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21 September 2007 @ 12:28 pm
From http://www.edin08.com/NewsArchives.aspx?id=1888

Washington, DC – Today Governor Roy Romer, Chairman of Strong American Schools’ ED in ’08 campaign, issued the following statement in response to the growing attention of the presidential candidates to the need for K-12 education reform:

“I am highly encouraged to see more candidates making education the priority it deserves to be by releasing serious and detailed proposals for strengthening America’s schools. This is a very positive development for the election debate. Every candidate should lay out their plan for strengthening America's schools.

“Just as important, candidates are addressing on what we believe to be the core elements of any successful school system: high standards, an effective teacher in every classroom, and time and support for student learning.

“Teachers have a bigger impact on learning than anything else in schools, so providing an excellent teacher in every classroom should be a major pillar of any candidates’ comprehensive K-12 plan.

“Nothing is more important to delivering true opportunity – to ensuring that everyone can live the American dream – than making sure all of our children can benefit from a strong education in a strong American school. Ensuring this is a national challenge that requires national leadership and voters are keen to hear the candidate plans.”

The "ED in 08" campaign is an unprecedented up-to $60 million nonpartisan public awareness and action campaign supported by The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The campaign is designed to raise education to one of the country's top domestic priorities and to challenge the 2008 presidential candidates to begin a dialogue about how they will improve American schools.

To join the "ED in '08" campaign, and for more information, log onto: www.EDin08.com

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from Roy's Blog on Schools

I talked about the impact a good teacher can have on students. That begs the question: How do we get more effective teachers in America’s schools?

We are seeing more and more evidence that school districts all over the country are trying new and different approaches, a lot of them based on performance pay.

In Houston, the school board unanimously voted to continue rewarding schools and teachers who raise student test scores. Education Week reports that this year the Houston ASPIRE (Accelerating Student Progress Increasing Results & Expectations) Award program will include "value-added" educational measurements that use multiple years of data from both state and national tests to track student progress.
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Yesterday was the first ever Candidate Mashup presented by Yahoo(Slate & HuffingtonPost).

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12 September 2007 @ 10:30 am
Mashing-up NCLB -- Enough Already! (Huffington Post)

This week, The Huffington Post, Yahoo!, and Slate are co-sponsoring the first-ever online "candidate mashup," another way in which technology is helping us to access and judge the presidential candidates. Those Web sites asked users to submit questions for the Democratic candidates on any issue and then ranked the top three issues that Charlie Rose will ask them about. The videos will be shared on Friday, and users will be able to edit them to highlight differences among particular candidates on specific issues.

Education made the list, coming in as the 3 issue right behind Iraq and health care. In fact, education beat out, in descending order, energy, the environment, the economy, immigration, terrorism, abortion, and gay marriage. Voters have long been ready to hear more from the candidates about education -- back in July, it was the number one issue about which voters submitted questions for the CNN/YouTube debate.

Here's the thing though -- I'm sick of the kind of education questions the candidates are being asked. Cheesy softballs (like the "Who was your favorite teacher?" bit from the CNN/YouTube Debate) or predictable check the box-type questions about the existing No Child Left Behind law do little to inform us of what these candidates plan to do about the crisis in America's schools.

Mostly I'm tired of hearing about No Child Left Behind. There's no real debate there for the Democratic presidential candidates. As Gov. Roy Romer points out at ED in '08, we've already heard that question asked of Democratic candidates a number of times and we know that they will all jump to attack NCLB.

I can already imagine the mashup Huffington readers will get to make from a NCLB question.

Charlie Rose: Do you support the existing version of the No Child Left Behind Law?

Candidate 1: No.

Candidate 2: Certainly not. I blame the Republicans. Down with NCLB.

Candidate 3: Hell no! I hate it! Terrible law. Here's what I love: teacher's unions!

Candidate 4: NCLB is a disgrace. Too many children continue to be left behind, we don't have qualified teachers in the classrooms, and more testing isn't going to fix any of that.

Candidate 1: That's what I meant to say.

Candidate 5: The Law-That-Must-Not-Be-Named must be destroyed!

Candidate 6: NCLB is worse than Britney Spears at the VMAs.

Charlie Rose: Time to move on.

Candidates 7 and 8: We never get to talk.

But Americans already know that NCLB isn't working in its present state. Consider the facts:

Six thousand kids dropped out of school yesterday, and another six thousand will drop out today, and tomorrow, and the day after that.

Seventy percent of our 8th graders aren't proficient in reading, and by the end of 8th grade, what passes for the U.S. math curriculum is two years behind the math being studied by 8th graders in other countries.

And I'm not just talking about minority students or low-income schools -- out of 29 countries participating in a 2003 assessment, America's 15-year-olds ranked 24th in math; 24th in problem-solving; 18th in science; and 15th in reading. Even America's top math students rank 23rd out of 29 countries when compared with top students elsewhere in the world.

While the candidates pander, founder, and stomp up and down about NCLB, we are losing our economic foothold to China, India, and Singapore.

Education issues aren't only about teachers and schools, test scores and politics. They're about families, income mobility, job security, economic competitiveness and making sure our kids have the skills they'll need to face the global challenges that are already rising to meet them.

This online debate, the first of its kind is an opportunity for voters to cut and paste, to choose what they want to hear about and who they want to hear it from. But that's going to be awfully hard if all they get is more of the same, and none of it good. Let's cut the lip-service about NCLB and mash-up some answers to questions that matter. 

From Roy's Blog On Schools

All of the things I have written about over the last five months have one thing in common: Giving our students the best preparation for life that we as a society can.

That's why we talk about getting effective teachers into every classroom and providing enough time and resources for every student to learn. And standards are not just to make life difficult for kids in school – it's to make sure that they leave school prepared.

I guess we could sum it up by saying we want to give every student in America the opportunity to come out of school prepared for college or work, but also certainly for his or her life ahead.  Read More

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As Kanye West releases his latest CD today; titled Graduation, Strong American Schools' ED in '08 campaign announced that the education-reform Public Service Announcement (PSA) featuring West was one of the top 20 most viewed YouTube videos last week. In the PSA, West brings attention to the low graduation rate of African American and Hispanic students and invites viewers to get involved through ED in '08. In addition to the 130,000 viewers of the public service announcement, the ED in '08 campaign has received more than 110,000 visitors to its website. For more information about ED in '08's public service campaign featuring Kanye West, log onto www.edin08.com. The PSA can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/EDin08