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Secretary Tommy G. Thompson and Governor Roy E. Barnes Announce K-12 Education Commission

Ohanian Comment: I'll enter this item only if I can stop laughing. A commission on NCLB headed by Tommy Thoompson and Roy Barnes claims to be bipartisan. Oh, right. . . and about that bridge in Brooklyn. . .

Maybe putting "org" in your url makes you "nonpartisan?"

If you go to the Aspen Institute, you'll find this description:

The Commission on No Child Left Behind is a bipartisan, independent commission that will examine the strengths and weaknesses of the No Child Left Behind Act and make concrete and realistic recommendations to Congress, the Administration, State and local stakeholders, parents and the general public to ensure the law is an effective tool in spurring academic achievement and closing the achievement gap.

I'm not going to parse that. The first 'realistic' recommendation should be to provide a living wage to every working person.

The Commission hasn't yet come up with its list of Commissioners. That will be interesting. Stay tuned for a list of the corporate-politico handmaidens.

Here are the first three Commission hotair Principles:

All children can learn and should be encouraged to reach high standards.
Accountability for public education systems in the United States must improve to enable students to excel.
The achievement gap between disadvantaged students and their non disadvantaged peers must be eliminated to ensure that all children have the opportunity to succeed.
Education results for all students must improve in order for the United States to remain competitive in the global marketplace.

Yadda, yadda, yadda.

Washington, DC - Former Secretary Tommy G. Thompson and former Georgia Governor Roy E. Barnes will hold a press conference on Tuesday, February 14 at 10 A.M. to announce the bipartisan and independent Commission on No Child Left Behind. The press conference will take place at the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2261.

Congress is scheduled to begin reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2007. The purpose of this commission will be to examine the law and make concrete, realistic recommendations for its improvement to Congress and the Administration.

Press Conference to Announce Commission on No Child Left Behind

Secretary Tommy G. Thompson and Governor Roy E. Barnes

Tuesday, February 14, 2006 @ 10 A.M.

Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2261, Washington, DC 20515

Invitation to NCLB Commission Briefing

The Commission on No Child Left Behind will provide a briefing on the expected work and schedule of the Commission at 2:30 pm on February 14th, 2006 at the offices of the Aspen Institute - One Dupont Circle, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036.

All education associations, interested parties and the general public are invited to attend. The briefing will be conducted by Alex Nock, the Director of the Commission. Please respond to Erin Silliman by email at erin.silliman@aspeninst.org or by phone at (202) 736-5809 if you plan to attend. Individuals attending this briefing should bring a picture ID to gain access to the building. For more information on the Commission, please visit the — Press Release
The Aspen Instiute


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