CYNTHIA H. SADLER, INTERIM PRESIDENT, ALLIANCE FOR EXCELLENT EDUCATION
The President today demonstrated much-needed federal commitment to a severely underserved population – America’s high school students. The enhanced programs and higher standards applied to early childhood education must be extended throughout the K-12 continuum. But the funding shrinks as our students grow older. The gap in support is widening to an alarming chasm: with 25 percent of our secondary school students – that’s six million kids – reading so poorly that they can’t comprehend the material in their textbooks, America is seeing an increase in students who, if they don’t drop out, graduate unprepared for further education and to compete in a global economy.
We at the Alliance for Excellent Education urge the President and Congress to consider the initiatives highlighted today — including Striving Readers, which promotes adolescent literacy, and early intervention programs designed to individualize the learning experience – as only the beginning of increasing support for our nation’s high schools.
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The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington-based policy, research, and advocacy organization that works to make every child a graduate, prepared for postsecondary education and success in life. It is funded by the Leeds Family, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Daniels Fund, and the New York Community Trust, as well as by concerned individuals.
For more information about the Alliance for Excellent Education, please visit: www.all4ed.com.