Student-led Organization Launches Education Reform Petition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Student-led Organization Launches Education Reform Petition

November 28, 2012

LAWRENCE, KS -- Six PAC – a student-led Political Action Committee committed to education reform – launched a petition yesterday advocating for more student and teacher involvement in education policy at the state level. Addressed to the National Governors Association, the petition demands a seat at the table for students and teachers on education reform commissions throughout the country.

“Education reform needs to affect those who are directly affected by it. Right now, students and teachers have been effectively disenfranchised by the current process—and that’s not right,” said Joe Calder, Six PAC’s Director of Chapter Operations and a freshman at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Six PAC hopes to achieve a new level of awareness for their organization throughout the country with the release of this petition as well as influencing Governors and Legislators to create these reform commissions with students and teachers at the forefront.

“The main goal we have in mind is helping students. If we can get even one state to put a reform commission in place that accomplishes meaningful reform, that's a success to us,” said Six PAC Executive Director and University of Kansas sophomore Forrest Richardson.

Six PAC, unique among Political Action Committees as almost its entire organization is made up of high school and college students, believes that they can promote awareness of education issues and push policy in state and local governments by using grassroots activism to create political pressure on their representatives to support education-friendly and student-friendly legislation. To find out more, please visit: www.sixpac.org.

The petition can be found at http://chn.ge/V0pFm8.

Contact: Zach Altschuler, Fundraising and Media Relations Director, Six PAC zach.altschuler@sixpac.org (703) 498-8716

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