K-12 Education

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With support from the Institute for a Competitive Workforce, Dollar General Corporation is launching an initiative to engage local communities, including the public schools and local businesses, in addressing literacy issues where its customers, employees, and their families live and work. Dollar General believes that supporting local education and family literacy programs is critical to the well-being of the communities they serve. With a Dollar General distribution center and several store locations, Ardmore, Oklahoma is one of those communities.

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Business leaders understand the challenges of keeping pace in today's economy. Now more than ever, a highly skilled and educated workforce is essential for successful businesses and a strong national economy. These publications were developed to equip business leaders with the resources needed to actively engage in their local education system to strengthen tomorrow's workforce.

To ensure all students are prepared for success after graduation and to significantly improve American competitiveness, governors from both political parties, chief state school officials, and community leaders from 48 states met and worked with top education experts and academics to produce the Common Core State Standards, taking into account more than 10,000 pieces of feedback from individuals, teachers, and organizations.

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As a business and community leader, it is crucial for you to become informed about and involved in the governance of your local school district. Decisions made by local school boards affect the quality of education delivered. A strong education system produces graduates who are prepared for higher education or the workforce. Ultimately, these graduates will become part of a skilled workforce that will attract businesses to and enhance economic vitality in your community.

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WASHINGTON DC—The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is an important step toward putting the lessons learned over the past decade to work for the benefit of students, particularly low-income students, students of color, students with disabilities and En