Monday, September 15, 2008

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute opened the today's National Education Summit by "using this Call to Action to work in a bi-partisan manner to raise public awareness of the educational challenges faced by our students, teachers, and school leaders. These challenges will likely affect our standard of living in America in the near future."

"It is our our hope that the call to action of this National Education Summit can be an important step in launching a public renewal of our national commitment to academic proficiency for all students--based on meaningful standards--and the key reform principles that are necessary to assure success in achieving that goal."

"Addressing the challenge of ensuring that all young people are prepared for lives of opportunity and future success will take more than a clarion call and more than passing a law. It will require concerted effort by parents, educators, citizens, business leaders, legislators, and others in communities and states across the country."

"Leaders in every community, in every state, and nationally must come together in consensus on the core common sense principles of lasting reform. That's why we are here today."

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