Monday, March 16, 2009

Three New States Announce Support of Tough Choices or Tough Times Report

Three New States Announce Support of Tough Choices or Tough Times Report: The New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce held an event on March 10 to announce that New Mexico, Delaware and Arizona have joined Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Utah as states participating in and supporting the initiatives and reforms outlined in the Tough Choices or Tough Times report and will align their education systems with the report's recommendations. Through the report, the commission proposes a "practical approach to dramatically improving the performance of the nation's students by adopting the kinds of powerful instructional systems, based on the highest international standards." Additional recommendations include: recruiting teachers from the top third of college graduates and increasing their pay to make that possible, revamping the high school-college transition, reallocating education funding to high priority strategies for improving system performance, pre-K for all, putting more education funding behind students from low-income families and changing the way schools are managed to give teachers much more influence over the way schools are run, while holding them accountable for the results. The National Education Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers are among the groups that have been long-time advocates of the commission and the report, which was released in its first iteration years ago.

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