Beltway Happenings
January 8, 2007--At a New America Foundation forum on "Preparing U.S. Students for the Global Economy," Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) discussed legislation he has introduced to "create rigorous, voluntary core standards for children in grades K-12 in math and science."  Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-MI) has introduced the legislation in the House.  Among its provisions, the Standards to Provide Educational Achievement for Kids (SPEAK) Act will establish an incentive fund to encourage states to adopt the standards.  Dodd said that he expected "the opposition to this is going to be strenuous," but that he was "very hopeful."  "If we don't get this right, then we're in real, real trouble."  (Below) Dodd shared a word with former Michigan Governor and current National Association of Manufacturers President John Engler.

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