Alabama's public schools graduate too few students and fail to prepare them for college or careers outside of high school, panelists said today at an event hosted by the Birmingham Business Alliance and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Yesterday, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Senator Rubio delivered a short but important speech on middle-class opportunity, 21st-century workforce needs, and the need to reform our education system.
Rubio told a gathering of educators at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., that high-tech companies estimate they cannot fill tens of thousands of jobs in the U.S. in part because of an immigration system that does not provide enough visas for foreigners who earn advanced degrees here and want to remain to work. As a result, those jobs are being filled overseas, Rubio said.
Speaking at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as part of a larger event on coordination between the business community and educational institutions, the likely 2016 presidential contender said that a “fundamental obstacle to economic progress is the skills gap that exists in our nation.
As we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we also mark 50 years since he wrote from a Birmingham jail cell: "Now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity." Reflecting on his message of justice and equality for all and his affirmation of freedom as the true aim of America, we should take some time to consider our commitment to those ideals.
As 2013 begins, Indiana faces a defining moment in its education reform history. Former State Superintendent Tony Bennett was recognized nationally as a true reformer with a clear vision for breaking the monopoly of mediocrity in education in the Hoosier state. Indiana's "Putting Students First" initiative challenged the status quo with forward-looking policy focused on higher standards, accountability and more choices for all students, regardless of ZIP code or family income, race or ethnicity.
The Central Florida Education Summit will be hosted by the Central Florida Partnership and sponsored by the Orlando Regional REALTOR Association, in partnership with the National Chamber Foundation, the Institute for a Competitive Workforce, and the Central Florida Public School Board Coalition.
U.S. News STEM Solutions 2013 will bring together business, education and government leaders who have long recognized the need to connect the dots between STEM education and careers. Adding to last year’s successful conference format, the second edition will give more dedicated time for these leaders to interact and collaborate.