Statement from Bob Wise, President of the Alliance for Excellent Education, on President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2010 Education Budget
Washington, DC—On May 7, President Barack Obama released the details of his education budget request for Fiscal Year 2010. In response, Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, issued the following statement:
“Last month, results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress’s (NAEP) Long-Term Trend report said that high school students had not improved their performance since the early 1970s. Today, President Obama presented a bold plan for reversing that trend and I applaud him for it.
“By focusing on higher standards, a comprehensive literacy program, and strategies to turn around low-performing middle and high schools—including the nation’s ‘dropout factories’—the president made clear that the nation needs the contributions of all students if it is to get the economy truly back on track. He also tipped his hand on his plans for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, indicating that high school reform will be a significant focus.
“Overlooked in the business section and the national news, the nation’s high school dropouts are another group of nonperforming assets that represent a huge financial drag—the dropouts from the Class of 2008 alone will cost the nation over $319 billion over the course of their lifetimes.”
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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.