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Governors, National Education Officials to Meet on Education Policy

November 2, 2004 -- On November 4, 2004, the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs and the Curry School of Education will host a conference entitled “The 1989 Education Summit: A Reevaluation”. The event, to be held at the Miller Center at 2201 Old Ivy Road, Charlottesville, is open to the media and the public.  This half-day symposium will bring together current Secretary of Education Rod Paige, Virginia Governor Mark Warner, and several former Secretaries of Education.  They will discuss the changes in national education policy since the 1989 Education Summit convened by President H.W. Bush, when all of the nation’s governors, led by then-Governor Bill Clinton, gathered in Charlottesville to discuss a new emphasis on public and secondary education. 

The 1989 summit was the first step in a process of major realignments between and among federal, state, and local responsibilities for public secondary education.  This summit marked the first time that the nation’s governors and the President also agreed on a unified national education policy, and agreed that such policy should emphasize results rather than resources. The national education goals set at the 1989 summit required regular assessments of student achievement, set academic standards, and urged greater accountability for failure to meet the achievement standards.  

“Although mostly symbolic, the Summit was an early step down the road. It was a precursor to President George W. Bush's 'No Child Left Behind' initiative," said David Breneman, Dean of the Curry School of Education and an expert in higher education finance. "They set standards, even if they were higher than plausible," he said, calling the goals “extraordinarily ambitious. The states continue to be the agencies primarily responsible for restructuring their education systems.”

The November 4, 2004 conference, to be chaired by former governor Gerald L. Baliles, will evaluate whether the goals set during the 1989 summit have been realized.

“The 1989 Education Summit: A Reevaluation” will be held at the Miller Center of Public Affairs in Charlottesville. There is no charge for admission.  For more information on the presentations, please see


The 1989 Education Summit: A Reevaluation

November 4, 2004

1:30 p.m. -The 1989 Education Summit:

Governor Gerald L. Baliles

2:00 p.m. - The George H. W. Bush Administration’s Response

Senator Lamar Alexander

3:00 p.m. - The Clinton Administration’s Response

Governor Richard Riley

4:00 p.m. - The George W. Bush Administration’s Response

Secretary of Education Rod Paige  

5:00 p.m. - Roundtable Discussion: Has the Promise of 1989 Been Fulfilled?

Mary Hatwood Futrell, former president, National Education Association

Gerry House, president, Institute for Student Achievement

Paul Houston, executive director, American Association of School


Anne L. Bryant, executive director, National School Boards Association              

6:00 p.m. - The National Governors’ Association Perspective

Governor Mark Warner and other participating governors

Contact: Margaret Edwards, (434) 924-7889

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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