Education and Competitiveness Issue Team

(Part of the Strengthening America’s Future Initiative)

Our work on education reform stretches back through the beginning of the Strengthening America’s Future Initiative (SAFI), which launched in September 2008.  That project had an overarching Steering Committee co-chaired by Norm Augustine, former Governor Roy Romer and David Walker (Governor Romer replaced now Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta as the third co-chair when he was appointed as CIA Director). The Steering Committee oversaw a dozen issue teams on everything from National Security to Health to Energy.  Governor Romer along with Former Senator Bill Brock and Joel Klein, then Chancellor of the NYC Department of Education, co-chaired our Education and Competitiveness Issue Team. The co-chairs of this group and CSPC President, Ambassador David Abshire also interfaced directly with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at several points throughout the initiative.