Thursday, August 6, 2009

Dear President Obama, What's Your International Education Policy?

Dear President Obama,

I know that your time is precious and is primarily focused on the U.S. economy, our health care system and, perhaps most importantly, our engagement in two wars so I don’t want you to divert your time away from these important matters. When you do have a few spare moments it would be great to learn about your international education policy for the United States!

Towards the end of his Presidency, Bill Clinton issued a White House Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies on April 19, 2000 with the subject: International Education Policy. The international education community here in the U.S. was excited to see their important work recognized by President Clinton in the form of an executive memorandum. To my knowledge, President Bush never issued a memorandum related to his international education policy during his two terms in office. We know you support and understand the importance of U.S. students and scholars studying/researching abroad as well as the importance of welcoming international students and scholars to our colleges and universities here in the U.S. It would be great if we could hear if you have an international education policy (and what that policy is) in a more formal manner!

Thank you in advance for your consideration,

David Comp
Hyde Park, Chicago

P.S. You can learn more about and download President Clinton’s executive memorandum on his international education policy

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