Dear Colleague:

In 1965, under the leadership of our nation's governors, the Education Commission of the States (ECS) opened its doors as a national interstate compact for education. ECS provides education policy information such as policy options, state law information, program research and other custom services to influential

state education leaders who can foster positive change in our schools.

ECS brings together these key leaders to discuss the leading issues affecting education at its most important education policy meeting of the year The National Forum on Education Policy. This year marks ECS' 40th anniversary, and I invite you to join me and other governors, legislators, chief state school officers, higher education officials, and other state, federal and local education leaders at this year's meeting in Denver, Colorado, July 12-15.

This year's topics will focus on redesigning high schools, early learning, college access and affordability, the public agenda for higher education, No Child Left Behind, school finance, hard-to-staff schools, leadership, citizenship, math, science and arts education, and much more.

In addition, we will present information on the new global economy, and how education is key to developing a creative and competitive workforce. We will demonstrate how the cultivation of creativity through the arts in education can make it possible for the United States to maintain its place as a strong and innovative economy, and provide a better-quality life for all its citizens.

Don't miss this year's opportunity to learn what ECS has to offer and to network with colleagues in your state, from around the country and with delegates from the international community. This also is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the Mile High City and the Colorado Rockies with your families.

I look forward to working with you at the National Forum this summer in Denver.

Sincerely yours,
Mike Huckabee
Governor of Arkansas
2004-06 ECS Chairman