The Center for American Progress invites you to the release of a new U.S. Chamber of Commerce report, Leaders and Laggards: A State-by-State Report Card on Educational Effectiveness. In April of 2006, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce partnered with the Center for American Progress and Frederick M. Hess of the American Enterprise Institute to assess how well each state’s K–12 education system is preparing students to compete in the 21st century. Unique partners in this endeavor, we share the common goal of creating opportunity for all children to succeed.
Please join us as we reflect on the performance of our nation’s 50 states and the District of Columbia in nine areas including academic achievement, rigor of academic standards, postsecondary workforce readiness, and return on investment. The Center for American Progress and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will also introduce a joint platform for educational reform. The challenges to preparing a better educated workforce and citizenry necessitates that a wide spectrum of stakeholders join together in promoting substantial education reforms.
Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
John D. Podesta, President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for American Progress
Ulrich Boser, Freelance Writer and Contributing Editor at US News and World Report
Cynthia G. Brown, Director of Education Policy, Center for American Progress
Frederick M. Hess, Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
Arthur J. Rothkopf, Senior Vice-President and Counselor to the President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce