Bob Wise, President of the Alliance for Excellent Education, Reacts to “Diplomas Count 2008” Report from the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center
Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, reacted to today’s release of the reportDiplomas Count 2008: School to College: Can State P-16 Councils Ease the Transition? by the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center:
“Diplomas Count is always a valuable resource, but this year, for the first time, it breaks down graduation rates by Congressional district, giving members of Congress and candidates for Congressional seats a vivid picture of the state of public education within their communities. This matters because education is of vital concern to Americans–a recent poll shows that only the economy ranks higher. As a matter of fact, the two issues are linked. The estimated 1.23 million students not graduating with their peers in the Class of 2008 will cost the nation well over $300 billion in lost wages, taxes, and productivity over their lifetimes.
“A poll by the Alliance for Excellent Education found that 78 percent of the American public believes strongly that Congress must tackle the crisis in our high schools. Diplomas Count 2008 is a wake-up call to candidates that America’s high schools are in dire straits. Congress must commit to meaningful reform, so that every child graduates prepared for success.”
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