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My Lawn Chair Cost Me $50k

Head honchos from Gates, Helmsley and Albertson foundations were on hand at EdVenture to hear and respond to anyone's 5-minute pitch for a great education idea and fund it on the spot. No 10-page proposal, no string of unanswered emails, no sucking up. Instead, an instantaneous $50,000 grant! Take a look at the video. Awesome!

Anyway, I wasn't able to go because a very heavy Adirondack chair dropped on top of my head, sending me out of commission with a mild concussion. I lost my chance not only to rock climb (which, to be honest, was a questionable choice), but also to pitch an idea which I had absolutely no doubt NCTQ would have won, and we are now $50,000 poorer for it.

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The American Dream Is Leaving America

In this New York Times column, Nicholas Kristof shines light on the fact that, "...the best escalator to opportunity in America is education...but the escalator is broken." He goes on to say: "Fixing the education system is the civil rights challenge of our era. A starting point is to embrace an ethos that was born in America but is now an expatriate: that we owe all children a fair start in life in the form of access to an education escalator."

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Million Dropouts
Some 1.1 million American students drop out of school every year.
Nearly 44 percent of dropouts under age 24 are jobless, and the unemployment rate of high school dropouts older than 25 is more than three times that of college graduates.
Each cohort of dropouts costs the U.S. $192 billion in lost income and taxes.
Of Employers
report that new employees with four-year college degrees lacked “excellent” basic knowledge and applied skills
Our annual GDP could increase by $525 billion by closing the gap between white students and their black and Latino peers.
Less than half of American students – 46% – finish college. The U.S. Ranks last among 18 countries.

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Colorado Succeeds
Our vision is that every student in Colorado has access to a high performing school and graduates with the knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary to succeed in a competitive global economy. Colorado Succeeds provides the aggressive policy, advocacy and accountability work to make this ambitious goal a reality. Click Here

Colorado Succeeds was founded on the premise that the business community has the obligation, opportunity and capacity to increase the college and workforce readiness of all students through an ambitious, aggressive and comprehensive reform agenda.

Idaho Business for Education
IBE is a driving force in the development of an Idaho education system that results in graduates who have postsecondary credentials and who are workforce ready. Click Here

IBE is comprised of Idaho CEOs and company presidents, who share a common goal — Better Education in Idaho. The members of IBE are passionate about improving Idaho’s educational system in all aspects.

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We are committed to dramatically improving the quality of the state’s education system through a variety of approaches and initiatives, all with a single goal and purpose: improving student outcomes. Click Here

As the business voice for education, Nevada Succeeds demands effective performance from our education system and is dedicated to creating a climate for successful student achievement in Nevada.

BEST NC is committed to ensuring that every child is ready to learn, that every classroom from pre-K to post-graduate has an excellent teacher and school leadership, and that every student in NC has the skills he or she needs to be career and life ready. Click Here

BEST NC is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of business leaders committed to improving North Carolina’s public education system through policy and advocacy.

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