K-12 Education

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What Secretary Duncan Should Say on Back to School Tour

September 19, 2012
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In September, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will embark on his third annual “Back-to-School” Bus Tour to highlight education success around the country. However, based on the lackluster state of student achievement around the country, Secretary Duncan should address the following “failures” instead of “successes:”

STEM Database Created for Business Leaders

August 29, 2012
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Change the Equation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, CEO-led initiative, has created the STEMworks database to help business leaders and other funders identify and support programs that boost STEM interest and learning. STEMworks is the latest initiative in Change the Equation’s effort to mobilize the business community to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning in the United States.

Secretaries Spellings and Duncan Discuss Future of NCLB

August 1, 2012
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Earlier this month, Margaret Spellings, president of the U.S. Chamber’s Forum for Policy Innovation joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the National Governors Association annual meeting to discuss the prospects for reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). There was much that the current and former secretary agreed upon – first and foremost, reauthorization is unlikely this year and if it is to happen next year, it will require the active participation of the governors. Both discussed the reality of where the debate currently lives in k-12 education—in state houses and school boards across the country.

Incorporating the Marshall Memorial Fellowship Experience

August 1, 2012
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The Institute for a Competitive Workforce’s (ICW) Cecilia Retelle recently participated in the Marshall Memorial Fellowship (MMF) program which was created by the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in 1982. The fellowship is designed to introduce a new generation of American leaders to Europe’s political, business, and cultural environment, through experiential learning. Participating fellows visit five cities during a 24-day trip and meet with a range of policymakers and corporate decision makers. Cecilia discusses two successful education and workforce development programs in Germany and Montenegro

June 14 Event to Analyze National Security Implications of Poor Education

May 31, 2012
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On June 14, 2012, the Business Education Network (BEN), will host an event titled, A Smarter America = A Safer America, to discuss and analyze a report released in March by The Council on Foreign Relations titled, U.S. Education Reform and National Security. The report was written by a task force of business leaders, education experts, and national security authorities. Led by former Secretary of the Army, Pete Geren and Former Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings, the task force concluded that human capital is the nation’s most important asset and the failure to have a highly-educated workforce puts our physical safety at risk.

Building a Globally Competitive Workforce

May 31, 2012
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Earlier this year, we celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the landmark education reform law, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). That milestone provides the opportunity for us to look at the role the business community must play to improve education. We will not have businesses that thrive and grow in this global knowledge economy if we do not have an educated, skilled, and able workforce. We have the opportunity to look at where we are making progress in educating our nation’s students, where we need to go, and how we stack up to other countries.

Event preview: From the Boardroom to the School Board

April 25, 2012

While drafting the Declaration of Independence the founders wove in words near and dear to American hearts. The phrase “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” is known to every child as the unalienable rights given to us as Americans. But, there is another thing that the founders had the forethought to weave throughout this document; it’s the concept of accountability.

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