Washington, D.C.: Governor Ernie Fletcher today joined the board of directors of Achieve Inc., an independent, bipartisan organization created by the nation's governors and corporate leaders to help raise education standards and achievement levels.
“I am honored to be asked to serve on the Achieve board,” Governor Fletcher stated. “Whenever I am among my fellow Governors, I am struck by how many face the same education improvement issues. I call on all our educators, business leaders and community leaders to rekindle the flame educational achievement that helped make Kentucky a national model following the passage of KERA. ”
Achieve Inc., a nonprofit organization, was founded following the 1996 National Education Summit. Its mission is to help states raise academic standards, improve assessments and strengthen accountability to prepare all young people for postsecondary education, work and citizenship.
The organization’s creation was prompted by a fear among participants at the Education Summit that the nation's schoolchildren were not being prepared for postsecondary education and the skilled jobs of the new economy and that they were falling behind their international peers.
The Achieve board consists of six governors – three Republicans, three Democrats – and six chief executive officers. Governors are recruited to serve on the board for two year terms. As a new member, Governor Fletcher was officially “voted in” by the board this weekend. The board met in conjunction with the start of the National Governors Association Winter Meeting.