P21 Urges U.S. House to Approve Rep. Loebsack’s Schools of the Future Act as part of Pending ESEA Reauthorization Bill

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The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), a national coalition of 30 member organizations representing education, business, policy leaders, and 19 state partners, today issued a statement endorsing Representative David Loebsack’s proposed “Schools of the Future” amendment 62 to H.R. 5 (the “Student Success Act”)

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We strongly urge the full House to approve Rep. Loebsack’s proposed amendment to H.R. 5, which would provide support for developing and using tools, courses, and strategies designed to help students develop 21st Century Skills. - P21

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), a national coalition of 30 member organizations representing education, business, policy leaders, and 19 state partners, today issued the following statement endorsing Representative David Loebsack’s proposed “Schools of the Future” amendment to H.R. 5 (the “Student Success Act”):

“The next ESEA must help to ensure that all students benefit from education systems focused on preparing them for success in the 21st Century.”

“We strongly urge the full House to approve Rep. Loebsack’s proposed amendment to H.R. 5, which would provide support for developing and using tools, courses, and strategies designed to help students develop 21st Century Skills, such as the ability to think critically and solve problems, be effective communicators, collaborate with others, and to create and innovate.”

P21, along with other leading groups, is a supporter of the New Social Compact for American Education (http://www.newaccountability.org). The collaborative effort on accountability aims to replace test-and-punish accountability systems with a support-and-improve system that focuses on giving teachers and students the necessary resources and assistance to improve teaching and learning.

About P21:
P21 is the leading national organization committed to ensuring that all students graduate with deep content knowledge, and the creativity and innovation, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills required for postsecondary success in college, career, and citizenship. Guided by this goal, and a desire to promote innovative new approaches to teaching and learning, P21 supports cutting edge research, promotes evidence based education policy and practice improvements, and encourages collaboration among education, business, and community leaders. Learn more at http://www.P21.org

P21 Members: American Camp Association, American Federation of Teachers, Apple Inc., Asia Society, Bahcesehir K-12 Schools, Cable Impacts Foundation, The College Board, Common Sense Media, Crayola, Destination Imagination, Duck Learning, EdLeader21, EF Education, Education Networks of America, Fisher-Price, Ford Motor Company Fund, Future Problem Solving Program International, Gale Cengage Learning, Goddard Systems Inc., Intel Corporation, Learning.com, LEGO Education, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, National Education Association, PBS, Pearson, People to People Ambassador Programs, Project Management Institute Educational Foundation, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, VIF International Education, and The Walt Disney Company.

P21 Leadership States: Arizona, California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Contact:
Helen Soule, P21 Executive Director

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