American excellence and prosperity depend on developing a productive and adaptable workforce that is competitive in the global economy. Unfortunately, American competitiveness is no longer assured. Since 2008, the United States has slipped in the World Economic Forum’s list of most globally competitive nations, down to number seven in 2012.
An educated workforce provides direct benefits to American employers, strengthening the economy through productivity and innovation. In addition, the public receives a return of two to three times what it invests in education, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
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