Global Conference 2014

Students in America's urban districts are the most challenged, as measured by academic achievement, dropout rates, disciplinary incidents and preparedness for college and careers. Stepping into the vortex of K-12 education reform, big-city superintendents are expected to achieve meaningful turnarounds of school culture, student performance and administrative efficiency, all in a very public setting. Often saddled with bureaucratic constraints and a lack of political power that limit innovative changes in staffing or curriculum, certain superintendents have allied with supportive mayors to get the job done. Yet job security for superintendents--and mayors--can be ephemeral, given the pressures imposed by school boards, elected officials, teacher unions, parents, reformers and the electorate. This panel of mayors, superintendents and reform advocates will identify challenges, examine successful collaborations and define how change can be implemented through strong leadership.

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Lowell Milken

Co-Founder, Knowledge Universe Education; Founder, National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET)


Rudolph Crew

President, Medgar Evers College, The City University of New York; Former Chancellor, New York City Public Schools; Former Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Anthony Miller

Co-Founder and Partner, The Vistria Group; Former Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Department of Education

Ed Rendell

Former Governor of Pennsylvania; Special Counsel, Ballard Spahr, LLP

Paul Vallas

Candidate, Lieutenant Governor, State of Illinois; Former Superintendent, Recovery School District of New Orleans and Louisiana; Former CEO, Chicago Public Schools and School District of Philadelphia

Antonio Villaraigosa

Former Los Angeles Mayor; Professor of Practice of Policy, USC Price School of Public Policy; Former Speaker of the California Assembly

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