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Governor Ernie Fletcher testifies before U.S. Senate committee and visits wounded Kentucky soldiers
Press Release Date:  April 14, 2005
Contact:  Doug Hogan
Jeanne Lausche

Washington, D.C.: Governor Ernie Fletcher testified Thursday morning before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions about the need to restructure high school education.  The Senate request for testimony was extended to Governor Fletcher through the National Governor’s Association (NGA). 

Governor Fletcher is a member of the NGA’s Health & Human Services Committee.  The governor is also a member of the Achieve Inc. board.  Achieve Inc was created by the nation’s governors and business leaders and is a bipartisan, non-profit organization that helps states raise academic standards, improve assessments and strengthen accountability to prepare you people for postsecondary education, work and citizenship.

“Our nation has a powerful incentive to plug the leaks in the education pipeline.  In the next decade, two-thirds of new jobs will require some postsecondary education beyond a high school degree,” said Governor Fletcher. “To be competitive and create the conditions for strong economic growth, we must help our students increase their skills and be prepared for lifelong learning.”

During his testimony, Governor Fletcher discussed how states are reforming high schools and how federal policy can help spur state innovation. 

“My testimony highlighted Kentucky’s leadership in education and allows Kentucky to have a voice in education changes congress is considering,” added Governor Fletcher.

Education Cabinet Secretary Virginia Fox accompanied the governor to D.C.   “Governor Fletcher has a commitment to improving quality education and lifelong learning.  The fact that he was chosen to testify today is yet another indication of his dedication,” said Secretary Fox.  “It’s gratifying to note that Governor Fletcher’s leadership abilities are recognized by his colleagues in the NGA.   Kentucky is one of just 13 states which have chosen to further evaluate the restructuring of high school education.”

While in D.C., Governor Fletcher also paid a visit to Walter Reed Medical Center to meet with three Kentucky National Guardsmen who are recovering there after serving in Iraq.

“These three men, and all of the troops currently deployed, are truly Kentucky’s bravest.  I thank them for their courageous service to our country, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to spend some time with them,” said Governor Fletcher.

There are currently 1,600 Kentucky National Guard soldiers and airmen mobilized in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle, or participating in peacekeeping operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo.

Photos from today's hearing may be found at the following Web address:,1169,C_ISSUE_BRIEF^D_8245,00.html



Last updated: Thursday, June 02, 2005