How Does the Federal Government Help Schools Improve?

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.

Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC, 20005

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The Middle Class Is Key to a Better-Educated Nation

Examining test scores in all 50 states, David Madland and Nick Bunker find that a stronger American middle class is associated with higher levels of academic achievement.

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Making Successes Out of Failing Schools

The Center for American Progress Action Fund convenes experts and policymakers to discuss the right prescriptions for turning around low-performing schools.

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Keeping a First Line of Defense for the Jobless

Memo from CAP Action and the National Employment Law Project underscores the need to expand key unemployment programs in the Recovery Act.

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Students Can Improve National Service

CAP Action's Shirley Sagawa testifies on expanding national service programs to allow more Americans to get involved.

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Campus Progress Action Presents: Super Tuesday and the Youth Vote

Super Tuesday and the Youth Vote will discuss the rise of the youth vote, its potential impact on the 2008 elections, and its impact on policy outcomes in 2008 and beyond. The panel will feature Kat Barr, director of education at Rock the Vote; Karlo Barrios Marcelo, research associate at the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE); Latoia Jones, executive director of College Democrats of America; and Ethan Eilon executive director of the College Republican National Committee. The panel will be moderated by Erica Williams, the Issue Campaigns Manager at Campus Progress Action.

Center for American Progress Action Fund, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC, 20005