Delivering K-12 Education System Reform: Ensuring that American Students Remain CompetitiveMonday, April 30, 2012
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
William Bennett, Former U.S. Secretary of Education; Author, "The Book of Man: Readings on the Path to Manhood"
Jane Foley , Senior Vice President, Milken Family Foundation
James Guthrie, Superintendent of Public Instruction, State of Nevada
Tony Ressler, Founding Partner, Ares Management LLC
Joanne Weiss, Chief of Staff to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
The American people, policymakers, educators and parents agree that students in our K-12 public schools deserve and must have better. Everyone - superintendents, administrators, teachers, principals, union officials and elected legislators - is expected to start delivering results. The federal government, through competitive grants and NCLB waivers, for example, is attempting to drive reform. However, it has become apparent that states and districts are the key drivers of change. Many are leading reform efforts while having to tackle outdated policies. What's the right balance between accountability and flexibility in driving effective education system reform policies? How should states set appropriate requirements without stifling district flexibility and problem solving? What policies should be pursued to attract, develop, motivate and retain talent within the teaching profession? What role should charter schools, virtual education, common core state standards and other initiatives play?