ED IN '08: Online Debate Shows Real Progress on Education

Washington, DC - Today Governor Roy Romer, Chairman of Strong American Schools' ED in '08 campaign, issued the following statement in response to the "Candidate Mash-Up" debate held earlier this week:

"This week the Democratic candidates sat down with Charlie Rose and answered nearly half an hour of questions about education, which ranked among the top three issues selected for discussion during the debate, along with Iraq and health care.

"For the third time in a row, in the last three Democratic debates, we have heard substantive questions dedicated to America's education crisis. Real people with real questions want to hear what the candidates have to say about education and when given a chance, they will force the candidates to address it. I look forward to hearing more from all of the candidates and press on this critical issue for our nation."

The "ED in 08" campaign is an unprecedented up-to $60 million nonpartisan public awareness and action campaign supported by The Eli and Edy Broad Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The campaign is designed to raise education to one of the country's top domestic priorities and to challenge the 2008 presidential candidates to begin a dialogue about how they will improve American schools.

To find out more about the "Candidate Mash Up" please visit huffingtonpost.com or http://debates.news.yahoo.com/.

To join the "ED in '08" campaign, and for more information, log onto: www.EDin08.com.