Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. to Give Republican Presidental Hopefuls Forum on Education Reform

The conglomerate will partner with the College Board as it continues to make education a focus following the recent hiring of former NYC schools commissioner Joel Klein.

NEW YORK - Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. and not-for-profit the College Board said Tuesday that they will work together to make education reform a top issue in the 2012 presidential campaign with an event that will give Republican candidates the opportunity to outline their vision for improving the U.S. education system.

The news comes as News Corp. has made education a new focus with the recent hiring of former NYC schools commissioner Joel Klein.

To help set the agenda, the two organizations said they will co-host The Future of American Education: A Presidential Primary Forum here on Oct. 27, which will be televised and streamed online. It is timed to coincide with the College Board’s annual national forum, which attracts representatives from educational institutions across the country.

All Republican primary candidates "who meet a threshold level of support in national polls" will be invited to participate in the event, the companies said. 

It isn't clear at this stage whether any Democrat will challenge President Obama who has long said education is a key issue for him. 

“Whoever is elected President in 2012 will need to take dramatic steps to improve the way we prepare our students for college and ensure our nation’s ability to better compete in the global economy,” said News Corp. chairman and CEO Murdoch. "This forum will provide a great opportunity for candidates for the Republican nomination to articulate their plans to achieve these goals."

Klein and the Wall Street Journal's Paul Gigot will host the forum. 


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