76th Annual  Meeting
The U.S. Conference of Mayors
76th Annual Meeting
June 20-24, 2008



WHEREAS, cities are beginning to redefine their roles ineducation; and

WHEREAS, mayors are increasing their interest and engagement ineducation; and

WHEREAS, mayoral involvement includes both mayors with andwithout control of their school districts; and

WHEREAS, approximately 3 million students live in cities withformal mayoral control and over 50 million do not; and

WHEREAS, districts under mayoral control have shown the greatestacademic improvements in low performing schools; and

WHEREAS, mayoral control has led to increased spending insupport services in their district budgets; and

WHEREAS, mayoral engagement leads to new visions in educationfor a city’s student population; and

WHEREAS, mayors use their bully pulpit to build civic capacityamong stakeholders across government, non-profit, and businesssectors to create education initiatives,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the United States Conference of Mayors urges state and local governments toencourage the engagement of mayors in education in bothcircumstances where there is mayoral control and informal mayoral engagement; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayorsrecognized and supports the rightful role of mayors to do whatneeds to be done to promote the interests of public schoolstudent and parents, and the schools, align the efforts of thecity and the school system, and improve the lives, educationoutcomes and opportunities of the children who attend publicschools; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayorssupports mayoral leadership and involvement in education thatmakes a positive difference in the quality of teaching andlearning in the city’s schools, whether through direct forms ofinvolvement or informal means; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors fullysupports a myriad of choices in selecting the level of mayoralleadership and involvement in education including utilization ofthe bully pulpit to build political support for educationimprovement that provides the impetus school districts need tospeed reforms; fostering greater student achievement; providinggreater visibility to important issues which forces decisions tobe made; creating programs when needed; increasing publicparticipation; working to enhance funding and resources; andsetting new priorities when necessary.