August 7, 2003

Dear Business Council Education Committee Member:

RE: Engage Seminar

The Business Council’s board of directors continues to view improving student achievement in New York State as a key to sustained long term economic growth. The Board’s Education Task Force, lead by Bill Clark VP, Agency, State Farm Insurance Companies, created the Engage New York Seminar (click here for the brochure) to share with you what you need to know about statewide and national education reform.

New York State is in the forefront of the standards-based education reform movement in this country. But now comes the hardest part of this reform staying on course as schools struggle to adapt to the new requirements. Business can play an important roll in keeping the focus on improving student achievement and maintaining graduation requirements along with an objective statewide measurement system.

Please join us for the first Engage New York seminar to be held on Tuesday, September 9, 2003 at The Business Council offices in Albany. This is the pilot of a series of regional seminars we are planning to give business people the basic facts about standards, testing and accountability issues and the national education reform act No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

Because this is a pilot seminar, our materials are not in final form; your feedback regarding our materials will help us prepare our documents for a final printing and distribution. To register, please complete the enclosed registration form and return it by August 28, 2002.