Senator Carper Accepts Representative Castle’s Invitation to Testify Before House Education Committtee

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Thomas Carper will return to the House tomorrow (March 1) with his former House and NGA colleague Governor Tom Ridge to testify on states’ roles in reforming education. Congressman Michael Castle, the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Education Reform, invited Carper to speak. “In Delaware, we’ve practiced bipartisanship to successfully raise student achievement. Mike Castle has been the leader in giving states the flexibility to enact real reforms,” Carper said. “Working together, we became the first state to implement public school choice statewide and to institute a comprehensive package of academic standards, annual measurements of student progress and broad-based accountability for students and educators. I look forward to reaching both across party lines and across the Capitol to offer Delaware’s success as a model for the nation.” The testimony begins at 10:30 am in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2175. “I have worked with Tom Carper over the years to help improve accountability in the Delaware schools system and enact Education Flexibility to empower states to have more control over decisions in educating our children,” Castle said. “Tom knows first hand how federal regulations affect state policy and I am sure his testimony will help guide us in writing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act this year.” WHO: Senator Tom Carper, former Governor and House member from Delaware Governor Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania Delaware Congressman Mike Castle Members of the House Education and Workforce Committee WHEN: 10:30 am, Thursday, March 1, 2001 WHERE: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC