The world is changing, jobs are evolving, and far too many students are simply not being prepared to be successful adults:

  • Seventy percent of eighth graders are not proficient in reading—and most will never catch up.
  • Every year, more than 1.2 million students drop out of high school.
  • Many of those who do graduate are not ready for college, for the workplace, and for life.

This is not about schools in some far-off city. This is about the students you see in your own neighborhood. This is not someone else's problem. This is an American problem that affects us all.

  1. See how the schools in your state are doing. Click on the map at the right.
  2. Get more startling facts from ED SAYS …
  3. Download our two-page fact sheet … and share it.
  4. Download our 11-page Policy Primer for a more detailed explanation of the issues and what is at stake.
  5. Get our ED in 08 brochure, make copies of it and share it with your family, friends and coworkers.
  6. Read or download our Fact Sheets


Candidates & Our Schools

The goal of the ED in 08 campaign is to make sure the nation engages in a rigorous debate on our schools by making them a top priority in the 2008 presidential election.

To find out what the candidates are saying about education, visit their official Web sites. We include in our listing here candidates who have filed with the Federal Election Commission (see note below). Strong American Schools does not support or oppose any of these candidates. They are listed in alphabetical order, regardless of political party:


Strong American Schools does not support or oppose any particular candidate for public office or any political party. Nor does it take positions on legislation.

Note: This list includes campaigns who have raised or spent $50,000 or more (the threshold for mandatory electronic filing) from sources or to payees other than the candidate him or herself, according to the FEC Web Site. An exhaustive list of candidates may be obtained upon request from the FEC Press Office.  Updated July 26, 2007