Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A Call to Action and Innovation for Education

Election is A Call to Action for Education
Statement by Knowledge Alliance President Jim Kohlmoos and Board Chair Max McConkey

With inspiring Presidential candidates and record voter turnouts, 2008 has been an unprecedented year of health and vitality for American democracy.

And with the election yesterday of Barack Obama as 44th President of the United States, we have reached a pivotal time in our nation’s history – one filled with urgent challenges and history-making opportunities.

For education, in particular, our President-elect faces a watershed moment. He will be uniquely positioned to turn the page on past efforts and to lead us into a new era of innovation and transformation of our public school system.

It is time to unleash America’s ingenuity to solve our most pressing education problems, deliver break-the-mold alternatives to our schools, and guide a new knowledge and innovation revolution in teaching and learning.

With great anticipation and enthusiasm Knowledge Alliance looks forward to joining with the new Administration and the new Congress in a national call to action for education reform.

Knowledge Alliance is a non-profit, non-partisan strategic coalition addressing the need to apply rigorous research to challenges facing our nation's schools. Its members are leading education organizations conducting high-quality education research, development, dissemination, technical assistance, and evaluation at all levels – federal through local. The Alliance works with the White House, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Department of Education, and other agencies to advocate knowledge-based policy for innovation

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