N E W S R E L E A S E - Englewood, Colorado, February 27, 2004
The Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE) has announced its endorsement of Mike Miles in the U.S. Senate race. The CASE membership includes more than 2,000 superintendents, principals, and other administrators throughout the state.
Dr. Bob Tschirki, Executive Director of CASE, said that Mike Miles is clearly the candidate who understands public education issues. “Mike demonstrated exceptionally strong leadership in bringing about student achievement gains at Fountain Middle School where he was the principal from 2000 through 2003. Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) scores for seventh grade writing improved from only 26 percent proficient and above in 1999 to 62 percent proficient and above in 2003,” said Tschirki. Tschirki also sited exemplary gains at Fountain Middle School in reading, math, and science under the leadership of Mike Miles.
In addition to Mike’s great experience as a leader in public education in Colorado, he brings experience in foreign affairs with the U.S. State Department where he served as a diplomat in Poland and assistant to the ambassador in Russia at the end of the cold war. A West Point graduate, he also had counter-terrorism training with the U.S. Army Rangers. Miles has degrees in Slavic languages from the University of California in Berkley and Foreign Affairs from Columbia University. “The decision to support Mike Miles was easy,” said Tschirki. “It’s a great opportunity for us to back a candidate who has keen intellect and proven leadership ability.”
Mike Miles expressed strong appreciation for the CASE endorsement. “I’m extremely pleased to receive this endorsement from CASE,” Miles said. “It’s a high honor to be recognized by my peers and to be so strongly supported in this critical campaign.” CASE is committed to improving student achievement through promoting and building quality education leadership in all Colorado schools.
Miles acknowledged that his campaign has a tough road ahead. “We are facing an opponent who has easy access to large donors, and we are continuing to struggle inside the state and national Democratic Party to prove that we can win with our strong grass-roots support,” Miles said. “We are very encouraged by the CASE endorsement.”
Asked to sum up why CASE endorsed Mike Miles, Tschirki said, “Mike is the candidate who unequivocally supports public education, and he has pledged to oppose any effort to undermine quality public education for all students.”