This Week on ‘America’s Business’ radio

Americas-Business-logo.jpgEducation is a top priority for manufacturers who need a skilled workforce to operate increasingly complex shop floor computers and equipment.

But has America’s public education system improved in the 25 years since the National Commission on Excellence in Education released its “Nation at Risk” report? That report gave our schools a mediocre grade.

Chester Finn, a guest on this week’s edition of “America’s Business with Mike Hambrick,” said things haven’t gotten much better. “I guess the big issue for me is that the reforms to date haven’t yielded much by the way of improved achievement,” said Finn, who is president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.

Trade agreements have recently gotten a bad rap in Congress and the media but exports create American jobs. Miguel Cruz from Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Inc. will join Mike to talk about how his company is taking advantage of Latin American business opportunities.

“National Small Business Week” is officially ending. Kristy Schloss, president of Schloss Engineered Equipment, will visit “America’s Business” to talk about issues important to small businesses such as hers.

MeadWestvaco Corp., which makes packaging materials, is repackaging itself under the new name MWV. Company Vice President of Communications Donna Cox will tell us why the company decided to make the change.

And to honor “Earth Day” Ed Kiczek, global business director at Air Products and Chemicals Inc., will discuss his company’s push into the hydrogen fuel market. Hydrogen could turn out to be a promising alternative form of energy.

In our regular segments, Renee Giachino of the American Justice Partnership gives us the latest on tort reform and commentator Hank Cox recalls the “The Way It Was.” And the National Association of Manufacturers President Gov. John Engler will close the program with “The Last Word.”

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