The toll of the pandemic years is becoming clearer every day: devastating learning loss among the nation’s K-12 students. Parents are angry, voting for change and telling pollsters they want more control over their children’s schools. But on education, as on so many issues, there is no political consensus – no agreement about what needs to be done and no effective left-right coalition in place to drive reform.
A new collection of essays by leading education thinkers suggests some potential planks for a new reform agenda. The authors are researchers, advocates and practitioners from across the political spectrum. But they agree as one on the need for change – bold, dramatic, far-reaching change to produce schools that work for the nation’s children.
John Bailey, American Enterprise Institute
Derrell Bradford, 50CAN
Denise Forte, The Education Trust
Tamar Jacoby, Opportunity America
Robin Lake, Center on Reinventing Public Education
Frances Messano, NewSchools Venture Fund
Keri Rodrigues, National Parents Union
Ian Rowe, Vertex Partnership Academies
Romy Drucker, Walton Family Foundation