Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Majority Leader Rogers Joins Governor Jeb Bush in Addressing Excellence in Action Education Summit

Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) will be a featured legislator at the Excellence in Action summit held Oct. 8 and 9 in Washington, D.C. Sen. Rogers will be joining summit host Gov. Jeb Bush and many other reform-minded policymakers working to close the gap in the international race for knowledge.

“Education is the cornerstone to personal success and a strong economic future. I am honored to represent my constituents, and the citizens of Georgia, at this prestigious and important event,” said Sen. Rogers. “The tools gained from this summit will be invaluable for students, educators and parents as we work to shake-up the status quo and make Georgia the home to world-class education. Doing what we have always done, is simply not acceptable. We must empower parents, not government, in making educational decisions for children.”

Excellence in Action is a comprehensive, multi-faceted program designed to ignite a movement for education reform in the United States. The objective of the Excellence in Action initiatives is to provide a roadmap for education reform for local, state and federal leaders across the nation, creating a one-stop-shop to arm policymakers with the tools to achieve successful, battle-tested reform.

“Improving the quality of education in America is the economic and moral imperative of our era,” said Jeb Bush, Chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education. “Republicans and Democrats should act on reforms where there is common ground. A generation awaits our leadership.”

Gov. Bush founded the Foundation for Excellence in Education in 2007 and now serves as President and Chairman of the Board. During his two terms as Governor of Florida, Bush championed major reform of education. Florida raised academic standards, required accountability in public schools and created the most ambitious school choice program in the nation.

The 2009 agenda focuses on expanding and replicating the strategies successfully raising student performance – and abolishing the unsuccessful ones. Marquee events include international conversations on high standards, teacher quality and parental choice and a blockbuster presentation on transforming education through technology.

The summit will be attended by more than 400 legislators and educational leaders from around the nation.
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