Governors to Talk on Common Core 'Myths'

May 20, 2014

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will host the former governors of five U.S. states on Wednesday as they show their support for Common Core education standards. 

The roundtable discussion is also sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center, and Business Roundtable, and will be open to interested media members. 

Here's the full press release for the event, scheduled for May 21 from 9 -10:30 a.m. 


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF), Bipartisan Policy Center, and Business Roundtable (BRT) will host five former governors to discuss why they support Common Core State Standards. Govs. Jim Douglas (R-VT), Linda Lingle (R-HI), and Sonny Perdue (R-GA) all played an integral role in the adoption of the Common Core in their respective states. They will join Gov. John Engler (R-MI), president of the BRT, and Gov. John McKernan (R-ME), president of the USCCF, for a discussion—moderated by Nirvi Shah, deputy managing editor of POLITICO—on how Common Core will affect our nation’s ability to compete in a global economy.


Gov. Jim Douglas (R-VT), Member, Governors’ Council, Bipartisan Policy Center
Gov. Linda Lingle (R-HI), Member, Governors’ Council, Bipartisan Policy Center
Gov. Sonny Perdue (R-GA), Member, Governors’ Council, Bipartisan Policy Center
Gov. John Engler (R-MI), President, Business Roundtable
Gov. John McKernan (R-ME), President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation


Confronting the Myths: The Truth About Common Core


Wednesday, May 21, 2014
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. EDT


U.S. Chamber of Commerce
1615 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20062

Please RSVP to receive webcast link.


Credentialed members of the media are invited to attend. To register, e-mail or call 202-463-5682.

Founded in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) is a non-profit organization that drives principled solutions through rigorous analysis, reasoned negotiation and respectful dialogue. With projects in multiple issue areas, BPC combines politically balanced policymaking with strong, proactive advocacy and outreach. For more information, please visit

Business Roundtable (BRT) is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote sound public policy and a thriving U.S. economy. BRT-member companies produce $7.4 trillion in annual revenues and employ more than 16 million people. Comprising more than a third of the total value of the U.S. stock market, these companies invest $158 billion annually in research and development – equal to 62 percent of private U.S. R&D spending. In addition, they pay more than $200 billion in dividends to shareholders and generate more than $540 billion in sales for small and medium-sized businesses annually. BRT companies give more than $9 billion a year in combined charitable contributions.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.