State Chamber Chief Says Educators Must “Step On The Gas”

It’s time for Arkansas’ education system to “step on the gas” in preparing students for the workforce, according to Randy Zook, president and CEO of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Arkansas.

Zook delivered the Dec. 1 address at the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce First Friday Breakfast, pointing to ACT Aspire scores that showed 59% of Arkansas’ 3rd-10th graders cannot read at grade level.

“That means that only 40% of our kids are even thinking about being prepared for the postsecondary training and education efforts that they need to prepare themselves to be competitive in a global economy,” Zook said.   MORE

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