The Arizona Daily Star reports that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has joined with a prominent liberal think tank to warn of potential long-term damage to the U.S. economy caused by the failure of American public schools to properly educate students. The chamber and the Center for American Progress issued a report card Feb. 28 on the quality of education in all 50 states and concluded that public schools could not produce students ready for the work force. The study blamed a downturn in the quality of teachers, low academic achievement by students, and a dearth of national data using the same formula that would allow comparisons. Thomas Donohue, president of the chamber, said the report indicates a “critical national urgency” …

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