Kids Can't Wait

The Campaign for the Class of 2008 and beyond

An extraordinary effort is under way to help high school students graduate with skills.

The Campaign
Kids Can't Wait, The Campaign for the Class of 2008 and beyond, will build a diverse grassroots coalition consisting of school leaders, businesspeople, parents, and government to work together to identify and expand resources available to high school students who need them most. The goal is to deliver on the promise we have made to high school students, starting with the class of 2008: That all students across the state have access to effective extra academic programs in English and math and graduate with the skills they need.

The Urgency
We've lost sight of the real issue. Public and policymaker attention is largely focused on testing issues, not the real problem of low expectations and students being left behind. Or on the extraordinary effort already underway to provide extra academic support to students in the Class of 2008 and beyond.

Kids can't wait. Today's 10th graders will enter college or the workforce adequately prepared or not. While the long-term systemic changes in education may take a generation, high school students need our attention and support now. Today's kids can't wait for tomorrow's solutions.

The Goals
Identify resources: We will identify and quantify resources committed by schools, business, and the community to provide extra academic help to high school students.

Deliver on the commitment: We will use this information to promote best practices and advocate for filling in the gaps to assure that all students across the state have access to effective extra academic programs in English and math if they need them.

The Tools
Kids Can't Wait Website: The campaign's website,, will document extra academic resources and challenge our partners to do more. It will feature:

  •A statewide directory of in-school and extended-time academic programs with descriptions and contact information.
  •A Business Honor Roll of businesses who support local extra academic time programs for high school students by providing funding or other resources such as mentors, tutors, and summer jobs scheduled around extra help programs.
  •Regional Business Forums: These forums, held across the state this spring with state officials, educators, and business leaders, will highlight local school and business-supported programs, enlist new business partners, and marshal local support.
  •Community Media Outreach: At local editorial board meetings with school superintendents, businesspeople, community leaders, and legislators, we will highlight local efforts underway in our schools and advocate for increased focus on students who need help.