Washington, DC – Today Governor Roy Romer, Chairman of Strong American Schools' ED in '08 campaign, issued the following statement in response to the growing attention of the presidential candidates to the need for K-12 education reform:

"I am highly encouraged to see more candidates making education the priority it deserves to be by releasing serious and detailed proposals for strengthening America's schools.  This is a very positive development for the election debate.  Every candidate should lay out their plan for strengthening America's schools.

"Just as important, candidates are addressing on what we believe to be the core elements of any successful school system: high standards, an effective teacher in every classroom, and time and support for student learning.

"Teachers have a bigger impact on learning than anything else in schools, so providing an excellent teacher in every classroom should be a major pillar of any candidates' comprehensive K-12 plan.

"Nothing is more important to delivering true opportunity – to ensuring that everyone can live the American dream – than making sure all of our children can benefit from a strong education in a strong American school. Ensuring this is a national challenge that requires national leadership and voters are keen to hear the candidate plans."

The "ED in 08" campaign is an unprecedented up-to $60 million nonpartisan public awareness and action campaign supported by The Eli and Edythe 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 join the "ED in '08" campaign, and for more information, log onto: www.EDin08.com