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Media Coverage about the National Forum

"Pawlenty Takes Over National Education Organization"
Minnesota Public Radio
Minnesota Governor Pawlenty will become the chair of the Education Commission of the States during the organization's national forum on Educational Policy in Austin, Texas. The chairmanship rotates every two years between Democratic and Republican governors. Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius is the current chair.

"Education Secretary Touts 'No Child' Renewal"
San Antonio Express-News
Speaking at the ECS National Forum, U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings warned against a return to what she called "the aspirational approach ... put the money out there and hope for the best" as NCLB awaits renewal. After her speech, Spellings said she understands that aligning state systems with the federal law has been "vexing" to some.

"Moment of Truth for 8th-Graders: Thousands Won't Get into High School This Year Unless They Pass the TAKS Test"
Houston Chronicle
For the first time, Texas 8th graders must pass exams in math and language arts to be promoted to high school automatically. Kathy Christie, ECS chief of staff, said schools need to do a better job of catching up struggling students, regardless of whether they are forced to repeat a grade. "Sometimes I think kids are retained and they sit in a classroom where they know three-fourths of the material," said Christie.

"Conference Focuses on Education Issues"
Daily Texan
The nation's secondary education leaders addressed a variety of issues at the ECS National Forum on Education Policy
from the state level to the classroom level. Education finance reform and student leadership programs are two issues at the
forefront of this year's conference.

"Governor's Commission On Education Improvement Receives National Innovation Award"
KXMC.COM News
Lt. Governor Jack Dalrymple and members of the Governor's Commission on Education Improvement will be in Austin, Texas on June 30 to receive the 2008 Frank Newman Award for State Innovation presented by the Education Commission of the States (ECS). The commission is being honored for its work in successfully addressing funding equity for North Dakota's school districts.

 

Press Releases

"U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings Presents at ECS National Forum"
Secretary Spellings announced the six states approved to vary the intensity and type of interventions used for NCLB accountability. Ms. Spellings also discussed the results of and challenges facing NCLB. "Instead of questioning our children's potential, let's use research, data and technology to guide innovation — just as the ECS founders envisioned. With your leadership, we can empower more people to be catalysts of change and improvement."

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Education Commission of the States to Present Blueprint to Help America's Students Achieve Global Success
Nation’s Education Leaders Gather to Address Student Performance Internationally
Top education leaders from across the 50 states will gather in Austin, TX, June 30 – July 2, at the 2008 National Forum on Education Policy. With a focus on transforming education for the 21st century, the Education Commission of the States (ECS) will introduce an action guide for states, districts and local schools to align policies for world-class student performance and achievement.

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North Dakota Receives 2008 Frank Newman Award for State Innovation
The North Dakota Commission on Education Improvement has been selected as the winner of the Education Commission of the States’ (ECS) 2008 Frank Newman Award for State Innovation. The award recognizes excellence in state education policymaking, honoring the late Frank Newman, a former ECS president. It will be presented at the 2008 ECS National Forum on Education Policy June 30 – July 2 in Austin, Texas.

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Simon Youth Foundation Wins 2008 ECS Corporate Award
Foundation’s Efforts Dramatically Improve Graduation Rates
Simon Youth Foundation (SYF) is this year’s recipient of the Education Commission of the State’s (ECS) Corporate Award, honoring its sustained commitment to, and substantial investment in, improving public education. The award will be presented by Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, ECS Chair (2006-08), on June 30 in Austin, TX as part of the 2008 National Forum on Education Policy.


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