Tennessee, one of the first two Race to the Top (RTTT) recipient states, understands it will take the ongoing commitment of the business community for its reform efforts to succeed, according to Johnson City Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Gary Mabry.
ICW has just released its latest report, “Ready, Set, Go! Why Business Should Support Early Childhood Education,” which focuses on the immense impact that early childhood education has on our national economic security and the vitality of the American dream.
Underperforming schools and unprepared students is not just a human rights issue – it is also an economic issue. How can our businesses thrive if our workforce remains so woefully unprepared to take on new challenges?
On September 16, President Obama announced the launch of “Change the Equation,” an effort to dramatically enhance and improve education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This bi-partisan initiative is part of Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign and is a unique and promising partnership of CEOs from over 100 companies.
In August, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute released a new study analyzing how cities fare on the education reform scale. Titled, “America’s Best (and Worst) Cities for School Reform: Attracting Entrepreneurs and Change Agents,” the study looks at how receptive and entrepreneur-friendly 30 major cities in the U.S. are to education reform.
Far too many young Americans are not fortunate enough to attend good schools and receive instruction from good teachers. These students are trapped in low performing schools, often with no way out. While school reform has been debated for years, there’s been too little action.
Ever since the US Department of Education announced the winners of the Investing in Innovation (I3) competition, critics have asked whether the awardees are innovative enough. The question itself is part of what has become a vicious cycle in education: What’s new? What’s next? What’s the silver bullet?
Seven hundred million dollars sounds like a lot of money, but sixty thousand dollars a year – the annual Race to the Top allocation for one Florida school district – doesn’t, especially when you consider the amount of change that the US Department of Education is expecting across the four assurance areas in return.