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Wednesday, 23 April, 2008 5:04 PM

U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings Makes Policy Announcement at the DEC

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Secretary Margaret Spellings at the Detroit Economic Club on April 22, 2008.

 

DETROIT -- The Honorable Margaret Spellings, Secretary, U.S. Department of Education announced new federal initiatives at the Detroit Economic Club meeting at The Masonic. To mark the 25th anniversary of the landmark report, A Nation at Risk, Education Secretary Spellings outlined new actions to move the accountability movement forward, including administrative steps to tackle the high school dropout crisis, help more students access high-quality free tutoring, and help improve chronically underperforming schools. She also called for the states to get more information to the public.

“Building on the work of the National Governors Association, today’s actions will require states to establish a uniform high school graduation rate that shows how many incoming freshman end up with a diploma at the end of their senior year within four years and how many drop out. In addition, we plan to make this data publicly available so that people nationwide understand fully how students of every race and background are doing in this country.”

Secretary Spellings pointed out that in the city of Detroit three out of four boys and two out of three girls are not graduating from high school, and the school system must make radical changes to address difficult issues, but there are signs of hope.

“We can do better, I know we can and in many cases we already are. At Chrysler Elementary school here in Detroit, almost every student is reading and doing math at or above grade level. At the Detroit School of the Arts, where I’m going to visit later today, most students not only earn high school diplomas, but they earn millions in college scholarships. At Henry Ford Academy in Dearborn, wherever you are out there, nearly one hundred percent of the students there go on to higher education. That is the kind of future all of us want for our children - all of us should expect for our children here in Detroit and all over this country.”

Education has also been a primary focus of the Detroit Economic Club. Students from Lake Orion High School, Livonia Public Schools, Pontiac Central High School, Dearborn Divine Child, Caesar Chavez Academy High School, Henry Ford Academy, and Crockett Technical High School listened to and asked questions of Secretary Spellings.

The Detroit Economic Club was formed in 1934 as a platform for the discussion and debate of important business, government and social issues. It is known internationally as a top speaking forum for prominent business and government leaders, who address members and their guests at the Club's 35 meetings a season. With more than 3,200 members, the DEC is about vital issues, prominent voices, a commitment to education and inspiring leadership. The Club is proud to have hosted every sitting U.S. President since Richard Nixon and proud to have been ranked among the top speaking platforms for CEOs.

Source: Detroit Economic Club

 

 

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