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Oprah hopes that spotlighting America's educational crisis motivates Americans to join Bill and Melinda Gates's nationwide campaign, Stand Up.

"I've often said that I believe that education is freedom," Oprah says. "And if it is freedom, indeed, then we are literally imprisoning America's future. We all have to demand more from our local, our state, our national leaders...and more from ourselves as citizens, because this is a crisis. And this crisis is going to affect every single one of us."

For more information on Stand Up and how you can help improve schools, visit StandUp.org.
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FROM: Oprah's Special Report: American Schools in Crisis
Published on April 12, 2006

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