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How Does the Federal Government Help Schools Improve?

March 20, 2012, 10:00am ET - 11:45am ET

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About This Event

See also: Competing for School Improvement Dollars by Melissa Lazarín

Large numbers of schools across the country are low performing and have been for years. But whose job is it to turn them around? What role does the federal government play in overseeing and regulating accountability and improvement systems at the state and local level? These are hotly debated questions at the heart of congressional efforts to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Join us for a lively discussion about the federal role in improving schools. At the event, we will release a new publication that sheds light on the topic, examining state turnaround efforts prompted by the federal School Improvement Grants program.

Rep. George Miller (D-CA) will provide opening remarks on the role of federal policy in accountability and school improvement. A panel discussion will follow, drawing lessons from federal, state, and district efforts over the past two decades to improve our nations’ schools.

Welcoming remarks:
Neera Tanden, Counselor, Center for American Progress Action Fund; President, Center for American Progress

Distinguished speaker:
Rep. George Miller (D-CA), Ranking Member, Education & Workforce Committee, U.S. House of Representatives

Featured panelists:
Cami Anderson, Superintendent, Newark Public Schools
Rayne Martin, Executive Director, Stand for Children-Louisiana
Paul Pastorek, Chief Administrative Officer, Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, EADS North America, and Emeritus Member, Chiefs for Change
Amy Wilkins, Vice President for Government Affairs and Communications, The Education Trust

Cynthia G. Brown, Vice President for Education Policy, Center for American Progress Action Fund


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