Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, reacted today to the release of Quality Counts 2007: From Cradle to Career, Connecting American Education From Birth to Adulthood by the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center:
“From Cradle to Career demonstrates that education is a continual process, not a series of segmented steps. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, and without a path paved by investment all along the way, students are at risk of falling behind and falling down. At the federal level, investment is made at the very beginning and the very end of a student’s educational journey. Diminished attention to those years in between – the middle and high school years – has resulted in diminishing returns, including a high dropout rate and poorly prepared high school graduates.
“All students, at every age and level, deserve a consistently delivered, high-quality education. This report helps to illustrate that investments are needed at each checkpoint in the pursuit of success. Only then can all our students reach their potential and succeed in life.”
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