CTEq Members Support Common Core State Standards

Open Letter Reaffirms Corporate America’s Investment in Student Learning

Contact: Christina Gordon

February 12, 2013 – Washington, D.C. – Forty-two Change the Equation member companies have signaled their support for Common Core State Standards in an open letter appearing in today’s The New York Times.  The common standards, in math and English, are college- and career-ready, grounded in evidence, internationally benchmarked and have been adopted by 46 states and the District of Columbia. 

CTEq’s coalition of member companies, as representatives of corporate America, have a vested interest in ensuring that all students are well educated and prepared to compete in a global economy.  The letter states, in part:

We support these new, tougher academic standards that are currently being rolled out in classrooms across the country. These standards will better prepare students for college and the workplace, something of critical importance to the nation’s employers. The changes now under way in America’s schools hold great promise for creating a more highly skilled workforce that is better equipped to meet the needs of local, state and national economies.

Change the Equation worked closely with its coalition of members to secure CEO support for the letter.  CTEq CEOs who signed the letter include:

Craig R. Barrett, Chairman, Change the Equation
Inge Thulin
, Chairman, President & CEO, 3M
William D. Green
, Chairman, Accenture
Klaus Kleinfeld
, Chairman & CEO, Alcoa
Joel Klein
, CEO, Amplify
Phil Blake
, President, Bayer Corporation
W. James McNerney, Jr.
, Chairman, President & CEO, Boeing
Michael F. Mahoney
, President & CEO, Boston Scientific
Michael Gregoire
, CEO, CA Technologies
George S. Barrett
, Chairman & CEO, Cardinal Health
Jim Parrish
, President & CEO, Carolina Biological Supply
Ryan Scott
, Founder & CEO, Causecast
Andrew N. Liveris
, Chairman & CEO, The Dow Chemical Company
Ellen Kullman
, Chair of the Board & CEO, DuPont
Michael Angst
, CEO & Co-Founder, E-Line Media
Alexander M. Cutler
, Chairman & CEO, Eaton
John C. Lechleiter
, Chairman, President, & CEO, Eli Lilly and Co.
Tim Sweeney
, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Epic Games
Rex Tillerson
, Chairman & CEO, Exxon Mobil Corporation
Jeffrey R. Immelt
, Chairman & CEO, GE
Paul S. Otellini
, President & CEO, Intel
Dean C. Allen
, CEO, McKinstry
Brad Smith
, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation
Alfred Grasso
, President & CEO, The MITRE Corporation
Annette Thomas
, CEO, Macmillan Science & Education, Nature Publishing Group
David Calhoun
, CEO, Nielsen
Dirk McMahon
, CEO, OptumRx
Paul A. Stokstad
, President & Founder, Pasco
James N. Marshall
, CEO, Promethean
William H. Swanson
, Chairman & CEO, Raytheon Company
Clayton M. Jones
, Chairman & CEO, Rockwell Collins
Sheryle Bolton
, CEO, Sally Ride Science
Stacy Schusterman
, CEO, Samson Energy Company, LLC
Neil Gaydon
, President & CEO, SMART Technologies
John Celli
, President, Space Systems/Loral
Edward B. Rust Jr.
, Chairman & CEO, State Farm Insurance
Celeste Ford
, CEO & Founder, Stellar Solutions
Richard K. Templeton
, Chairman, President & CEO, Texas Instruments
Glenn A. Britt
, Chairman & CEO, Time Warner Cable
Michael C. Gass
, President & CEO, United Launch Alliance
David Vernier
, Founder & CEO, Vernier Software & Technology
Ursula Burns
, Chairman & CEO, Xerox

Archer Daniels Midland also signed the letter.  To read the full text of the letter and see a list of all the organizations that have signed on in support, click here.

About Change the Equation
Change the Equation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, CEO-led initiative that is mobilizing the business community to improve the quality of STEM learning in the United States. CTEq’s coalition of members strives to sustain a national movement to improve PreK-12 STEM learning by leveraging and expanding its work focusing on three goals: improving philanthropy, inspiring youth and advocating for change.