Hagan, Snowe Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Prepare Students for 21st Century Economy U.S. Senators Kay R. Hagan (NC) and Olympia Snow (ME) yesterday introduced the bipartisan 21st Century Readiness Act to prepare our students with the skills needed to compete in today's economy.
PoliticalNews.me - Jun 12,2011 - Hagan, Snowe Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Prepare Students for 21st Century Economy
Friday, June 10, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kay R. Hagan (NC) and Olympia Snow (ME) yesterday introduced the bipartisan 21st Century Readiness Act to prepare our students with the skills needed to compete in today's economy. The bill would reform the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) by placing an emphasis on the importance of 21st century skills. These skills include the "Four ‘C' Skills:" critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation.
"A year in the life of a child can never be replicated, and at the end of the day, education is a jobs issue," said Hagan. "A lot of people in Washington talk about preparing our students for the 21st century economy, but it's not enough to simply talk about the problem. This bill identifies the skills and knowledge our students need to be competitive, and it empowers the educators closest to our students to make it happen. I look forward to working with Senator Snowe and our colleagues on both sides of the aisle to include the 21st Century Readiness Act into the reform of No Child Left Behind."
"Creating a competitive workforce begins in the classroom," said Senator Snowe. "I am pleased to introduce this legislation with Senator Hagan to ensure our leaders of tomorrow are prepared with the critical thinking skills required for success in a global economy. "
The bill would amend definitions and programs in ESEA to reflect the importance of 21st century skills. It emphasizes the importance of fusing core academic subjects such as math, science and language arts with the "Four ‘C' Skills." States and districts would apply for federal grants that already exist within ESEA to develop, enhance or expand 21st century skills readiness plans.
"Partnership for 21st Century Skills applauds the efforts of Sen. Hagan and Sen. Snowe for their bipartisan leadership in introducing legislation that supports and encourages the hard work of P21's sixteen 21st Century Leadership States and the growing state and local movement to provide students with the knowledge and skills to be prepared for college, careers, and citizenship in today's global economy," said Julie Walker, Executive Director of American Association of School Librarians and Chair of Partnership for 21st Century Skills. "The 21st Century Readiness Act comes at a critical time as Congress considers the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The inclusion of this Act in ESEA would recognize and articulate the important need for students to obtain knowledge and essential skills for continued U.S. competitiveness and allow states added flexibility to help sustain and promote state and local stakeholder led 21st century readiness initiatives."