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Online series examines business-education partnerships.

Business Roundtable, an association of 160 leading U.S. corporate CEOs, launched in January an online series showcasing examples of how U.S. businesses and education communities are working together to raise student achievement. The group has been committed to America's students and improving U.S. education performance since the 1983 publication of A Nation at Risk and in general advocates public policies that ensure rigorous U.S. economic growth.

The series, titled "The Intersection," currently consists of reports researched and written by David T. Kearns, former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education and former CEO of Xerox Corporation. Kearns will travel around the country to examine a variety of successful business-education partnerships.

The first article in the series discusses the role the business community has played in the development of High Tech High, a public charter school in San Diego. High Tech High, according to its Web site, www.hightechhigh.org, was originally conceived in 1996 by a group of about 40 civic and technology industry leaders assembled by the Economic Development Corporation and the Business Roundtable's San Diego branch. The school was created to be a place where students could be passionate about learning and acquire the basic skills of work and citizenship.

"There are natural synergies that exist between these two worlds," says Kearns. "As a former leader in business and national educational policy, I know firsthand that when business and education intersect, our students have additional opportunities to succeed."

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