Former IBM CEO recommends education fixes to Obama

12/1/2008 | Wall Street Journal, The

Louis V. Gerstner Jr., a former CEO of IBM and head of the Teaching Commission who has been working for education reform for 40 years, recommends that President-elect Barack Obama arrange a meeting of the country's governors and implement several changes in order to fix what he calls the "failing" public education system. Gerstner said all local school districts should be disbanded, and schools should be governed by the states, with the exception of the country's 20 largest districts; the school year should be lengthened; and there should be national standards for school curriculum.

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