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Education is essential to our future competitiveness in the global economy and serves our national strategic interest.  Education also represents a pathway out of poverty and into the realization of the American dream. 

First and foremost, education is a parental right, and a state and local responsibility.  Yet our education system is failing many children in this country, where our current high school graduation rate stands at only 70 percent.  Education reform must embrace accountability for student achievement while maintaining the flexibility to innovate and implement best practices. 

Education reform should also empower parents to choose the best available school for their children, and taxpayers who choose to send their children to private schools should see some of their tax dollars travel with them. 

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