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Governor, Task Force Call for National Education Reform

Location: Washington, DC


Arizona already making progress on key policy recommendations

A national task force on public education co-chaired by Governor Janet Napolitano today called for significant reforms to the American public education system to better prepare students to compete in the knowledge-based global economy.

The task force released the report "Getting Smarter, Becoming Fairer: A Progressive Education Agenda for a Stronger Nation," at the National Press Club. Recommendations include enhancing early education opportunities, ensuring struggling students have sufficient time to learn, and high-quality teachers in every classroom. Governor Napolitano said Arizona is already making
progress on those priorities.

"The global economy is changing, and what our students need to know to compete with students from around the world is changing," said Governor Napolitano. "Here in Arizona, we're already making the investment today so our state can lead the global economy tomorrow and beyond."

Governor Napolitano said today that Arizona is "already seeing the impact of a quality early education," and reiterated her commitment to make voluntary full-day kindergarten available to every family in Arizona over the next three years. She is also working to raise teacher quality through her Master Teacher initiative and better align classroom curriculum with workforce
needs through her P-20 Council.

Today's report puts the national dialogue on education on the "right track," the Governor said, and "sends a clear message that we need to do things differently when it comes to education in the United States."

The task force, "Renewing Our Schools, Securing Our Future," is also co-chaired by Goldman Sachs Group senior director Philip D. Murphy and George Mason University professor Roger Wilkins.

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