Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Colorado Springs to School Board: Vote for Reagan!
Vote to name the new northeast elementary school set for August 9th meeting

Washington, D.C. - The Ronald Reagan Legacy Project commends the efforts of the residents of Colorado Springs School District 11 who have called on their school board to name a new elementary school in honor of Ronald Reagan. With a vote set for August 9th, it is critical that the people of the school district continue to rally school board members in support of naming a school after the former president.

District 11, the oldest school district in Colorado Springs, currently has 39 elementary schools, including schools named after George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln. A poll released by Gallup on February 18, 2005 shows that Ronald Reagan is the most popular president in history, a sentiment that has been echoed by subsequent surveys and national competitions; however, Ronald Reagan has not been acknowledged as other great Americans have by Colorado Springs.

“I applaud the efforts of the school district’s residents to name one of their new schools in honor of Ronald Reagan,” Grover Norquist, chairman of the RRLP stated. “His unwavering support of democratic principles and the free-market guided our nation through turbulent times. I encourage the residents of School District 11 to continue their efforts to ensure that the school board votes to name the elementary school after this American hero.”

President Reagan’s tenure was characterized by defeat of the Soviet Union and the promotion of freedom and prosperity throughout the world. As our nation’s 40th president, Reagan advanced democracy and free-market principles across the globe, resulting in unprecedented progress during one of the most turbulent periods in our nation’s history. Reagan’s forward-thinking foreign policy was mirrored by a bold domestic agenda that cultivated robust economic growth and individual empowerment across America.

The RRLP is committed to preserving the legacy of one of America’s greatest presidents throughout the nation and abroad. Grover Norquist, chairman of the RLLP, is available for interviews regarding Ronald Reagan’s legacy and the group’s projects. Please contact John Kartch at (202)-785-0266 or jkartch@atr.org.