DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock was announced as the Chair of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (“USCM”) Task Force on Education Reform.
The Mayor will leverage this new position to increase mayoral involvement and recognition of the opportunities and challenges that lie within the public education system.
“It’s a real honor to lead this task force on such a critically important and timely issue,” Mayor Hancock said. “Now is the time to come together and leverage shared ideas that will provide better, 21st century educational support to every child in every neighborhood. We, as local leaders, have a very real opportunity to increase the global competitiveness of our country by raising the expectations for all our children and providing them the support they need to meet those expectations.”
Specifically, Mayor Hancock will lead the U.S. Mayors, whose educational control spans a wide spectrum from city to city, in a comprehensive discussion regarding closing the achievement gap, through specific strategies and innovative practices and programs.
A USCM task force is created by the President of the Conference to address individual issues requiring the immediate attention of a select group of mayors. Task Force recommendations are submitted to the organization as a whole and generally serve as the basis for Conference policy positions.
The USCM is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,295 such cities in the country today, and each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.
See the attached release for a full report on the USCM summer leadership session.