Empty desks send message to candidates

Posted at 5:49 PM, Jun 20, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-20 17:49:05-04
(CNN) — On Tuesday, the College Board placed hundreds of desks across the National Mall. The 857 desks represent the number of students who drop out of school each hour of every school year.

“We hear so much about the crisis of education in America, but when you see it visually-it really makes people pause,” stressed the Vice President of Communications for the College Board, Peter Kauffmann.

The desks are part of the College Board’s “Don’t Forget Ed” campaign.

“What ‘Don’t forget Ed’ is trying to do is to elevate the issue of education in the presidential campaign season,” said Kauffmann.

Jamie Williams is a college adviser at Clemson University who was on a visit to the Mall with his two sons when he saw the massive display of desks.

“Seeing this reminds me that there are students who don’t go to college or even finish high school—and this goes on in this county,” said Williams. “We have a long way to go to reduce the number of desks we see next year.”