NEW YORK — As announced in April, the College Board and News Corporation will co-host a discussion on the future of American education with candidates for the Republican presidential nomination on Oct. 27, 2011, at the Hilton New York in midtown Manhattan. The event will begin at 5 p.m.
Timed to coincide with the College Board’s annual Forum, which attracts representatives from nearly 6,000 educational institutions across the nation, the discussion, titled "Education and Election 2012," will be moderated by The Wall Street Journal’s Paul Gigot and renowned education expert and reformer Joel I. Klein, CEO of News Corporation’s education division.
All Republican candidates meeting a threshold level of support in national polls were invited to participate. The candidates who have confirmed to participate are Herman Cain, Rep. Michele Bachmann, Speaker Newt Gingrich and Sen. Rick Santorum.
"We are excited to host this important event and to hear from these candidates about their vision for improving America’s education system," said Gaston Caperton, president of the College Board. "Education must be a top priority in this election. It is an issue that is clearly linked to our future economic growth, and we must do all we can to ensure that the next generation of American workers is prepared to compete in the global marketplace."
Each candidate will appear individually on stage and make brief opening remarks, followed by a discussion led by Klein and Gigot.
To learn more about the College Board’s annual Forum and for information on how to purchase tickets to the event, visit: http://forum.collegeboard.org/2011/registration.
The College Board does not endorse or support candidates for office and is hosting the "Education and Election 2012" discussion to help members and the public learn about candidates’ positions on education issues. The College Board takes no position with respect to whether a particular candidate’s education policies are consistent with the College Board’s views on any matters.
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