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CEO urges businesses to help shape AZ education

PHOENIX — The former head of computer chip maker Intel says
Arizona’s future rests on the success of elementary and high-school
students and he’s urging businesses to take a more aggressive role
in shaping the state’s education policy.

Craig Barrett told a forum in Phoenix this week it’s time for
the community to tell politicians they’re not meeting the needs of
school children.

Barrett leads a council established by Gov. Jan Brewer called
Ready Arizona intended to help implement education reforms.

The Arizona Republic reports several
business leaders at the Global Arizona 2012 forum said Arizona
might do poorly when schoolchildren must meet new, tougher national
testing standards beginning in 2015.

Arizona and other states agreed to adopt “Common Core Learning
Standards” that advocates say will ensure that U.S. students can compete globally.

Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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