Sunday, December 8, 2013
America's Edge is a nationwide coalition of business leaders who work to strengthen the economy through proven investments in children. The group conducts research to find out what works, then urges policy makers to invest in proven strategies that boost educational outcomes and improve economic opportunities.
Last week America's Edge released Keeping Maine Competitive, a detailed report on how our state can invest in educational success. It's not long - 16 pages - and it's worth reading.
So what works? The report details success stories at Lake Region High School, at Cianbro, and throughout the state in the programs of Jobs for Maine's Graduates,
The challenges are significant, and the report also outlines what we need to overcome. Better graduation rates, learning more connected to the changing economy, and a lifetime commitment to expanding skills are just some of the outcomes we need to improve in Maine.
As the State House continues to grapple with education reform, and as local voters decide on next year's school budget in their community, Keeping Maine Competitive is something we all need to keep in mind.
Chris Hall is the CEO of the Portland Regional Chamber. He’s been working in Chambers of Commerce in Maine for over 20 years, and Notes from the Chamber will bring you his perspective and comment on what’s happening in the Portland region that’s most important to our economy today and tomorrow.