77th Annual Meeting

ENDORSING THE PRESIDENT'S EDUCATION PLAN

WHEREAS, President Obama announced a comprehensive plan for public education on March 9, 2009, with a focus on (1) early childhood education, (2) reform, innovation, and investment in elementary and secondary education, and (3) restoring America's leadership in higher education; and

WHEREAS, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan conferred with the mayors at the Mayors' National Forum on Education on March 31, 2009, and called for committed action in support of the President's plan, which is closely aligned with longstanding policy priorities of The U.S. Conference of Mayors; and

WHEREAS, Secretary Duncan has strongly backed mayoral control of large urban school districts to provide effective and sustainable leadership, and clear accountability for improving student success and closing the achievement gap,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors endorses the President's education plan, as presented by the Secretary of Education to the Mayors' National Forum on Education; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors continues to support a comprehensive and seamless set of services for children from birth through age 5, high standards across all publicly funded early learning settings, new programs to improve opportunities and outcomes, parental engagement in their child's early learning and development, enhancement of the early education workforce, and the availability of high-quality, affordable preschool for all; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors supports the President's plan to recruit, prepare, and reward outstanding teachers for new levels of excellence by investing in a national effort to prepare and reward outstanding teachers, recruiting the best and brightest to the field of teaching, challenging school districts to remove ineffective teachers from the classroom, and using rewards and incentives to keep talented teachers in the schools that need them the most; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors supports innovation and excellence in America's schools, including the President's plan for state-of-the-art assessment and accountability systems that provide timely and useful information about the learning and progress of individual students, growth of high-quality charter schools and rigorous accountability for all charter schools, and reform of the traditional school calendar and structure of the school day; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors endorses the goal of the nation achieving the highest proportion of students graduating from college in the world by 2020, and the goal that all Americans should be prepared to enroll in at least one year of higher education or job training to better prepare our workforce for a 21st century economy; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors supports the President's plan to increase higher education access and success by restructuring and dramatically expanding college financial aid, address college completion and strengthen the higher education pipeline to ensure that more students succeed and complete their degree, and invest in community colleges to equip a greater share of young people and adults with high-demand skills and education for emerging industries.