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Thursday, August 19, 2010

5:00 PM -- 6:00 PM
Roundtable #1: The Economic Impact of High School Graduation (session #250)
All of us recognize that graduating from high school with the skills necessary to be successful in postsecondary education, work and life is critical. Join this roundtable to learn more about groundbreaking research that quantifies the economic impact that occurs when we fail to graduate students from high school. There is a direct link between improved educational outcomes and economic returns that include the growth in jobs, home ownership, levels of spending and investment, and car sales that will result from cutting the high school dropout rate in half.


Kathy Payne, Senior Director for Education Leadership, State Farm Companies® Corporate Headquarters, Illinois

Bob Wise, Former Governor, West Virginia, President, Alliance for Excellent Education, District of Columbia

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Friday, August 20, 2010

1:45 PM -- 3:15 PM
Getting to Yes: A Discussion Between Congressional Leaders and State Governors (session #336)
We share the same goals. State and Congressional leaders want youth and adults to be better prepared. They seek an economy that is globally competitive; higher graduation rates (high school and college); reductions in the need for remediation; clear pathways to enter the skilled workforce and earn a living wage; more citizens who contribute to the quality of life in each community and who set a high bar for the next generation of leaders to reach. But too often – in exchange for federal dollars – states are doing things that simply don’t make sense to them. What are the most critical pieces of Perkins, ESEA or the Workforce Investment Act that contribute to these unintended results? How can we shape policy at the federal level in a way that gives states flexibility and the tools for success?


Phil Bredesen, Governor, State of Tennessee, Tennessee

Frederick Hess, Director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, District of Columbia

Bob Wise, Former Governor, West Virginia, President, Alliance for Excellent Education, District of Columbia


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