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Statement From Bob Wise, President of the Alliance for Excellent Education, on the State of the Union Address

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Statement From Bob Wise, President of the Alliance for Excellent Education, on the State of the Union Address

Wise: “President Obama made clear that diplomas mean dollars.”
Washington, DC – During his State of the Union address, President Obama called for a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). In response, Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, made the following statement:

“By linking education to the economy, President Obama made clear that diplomas mean dollars.

“With No Child Left Behind almost ten years old, the president made the right call to action-this year, pass ESEA without delay. A generation of students and skilled workers depend on it.

“Better educational outcomes mean better economic outcomes. That’s certainly true for the individual, but, as President Obama made clear, it’s also true for the nation.

“The research backs him up. According to an Alliance for Excellent Education report, cutting the dropout rate in half in the nation’s fifty largest cities would create 30,000 new jobs, increase home sales by $10.5 billion, and boost economic growth in these areas by $5.3 billion.

“NCLB has driven gains in the early grades and highlighted large achievement gaps between students, but it has largely ignored high school students. In 2010, it’s time for a reauthorized ESEA that strategically addresses the dropout crisis and begins turning the more than one million dropouts a year into high school graduates who are ready for college and careers.”


The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC-based policy, research, and advocacy organization that works to make every child a graduate, prepared for postsecondary education and success in life.

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