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May 7, 2010 -- Read BCSA's Letter to Chairman Harkin and Ranking Member Enzi on Reauthorizing ESEA

April 22, 2010 -- Co-Chairs of the Business Coalition for Student Achievement Release Statement on Race to the Top

April 6, 2010 -- Read Craig Barrett's Op-Ed in The Wall Street Journal "The Case for Common Standards."


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Action on the Hill

Hearing: ESEA Reauthorization: The Importance of World-Class K-12 Education for our Economic Success

Committee: Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 09, 2:30 PM

Panelists included BCSA representative, John Castellani , president, Business Roundtable Read testimony.

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The Business Coalition for Student Achievement – representing business leaders from every sector of the economy – believes that improving the performance of the K-12 education system in the United States is necessary to provide a strong foundation for both U.S. competitiveness and for individuals to succeed in our rapidly changing world. 

As employers, we understand the important role that the U.S. business community has to play in ensuring that the American education system prepares our youth to meet the challenges of higher education and the workplace. We are committed to working with all stakeholders – policymakers, educators, parents and students – on this essential task. 

The Coalition views the No Child Left Behind Act as one of the critical tools needed to transform U.S. education. We are committed to working with Congress and the Administration to strengthen and improve NCLB provisions and funding, while respecting the fundamental features of this historic education law that are designed to raise student achievement and close achievement gaps.

Ensuring that all students graduate academically prepared for college, citizenship and the 21st century workplace – there is perhaps no greater job the U.S. business community can undertake.

To view the Coalition’s recommendations for reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind Act, click here. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us.


The Business Coalition for Student Achievement is co-chaired by Craig R. Barrett, Former Chairman of Intel, William D. Green, CEO of Accenture, and Edward B. Rust Jr., Chairman and CEO of State Farm.  The Coalition is coordinated by Business Roundtable and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.


Race to the Top
Eleven states and the District of Columbia were awarded the federal Race to the Top grants this spring and summer. Winning states included:

Phase 1:

  • Delaware
  • Tennessee

Phase 2:

  • DC
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Rhode Island

This competition is being used as a motivator to prompt state policy changes in four key reform areas:

  • High-quality Standards and Assessments
  • Data Systems to Support Instruction
  • Great Teachers and Leaders; and
  • Turning Around the Lowest-Achieving Schools

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