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, Unlocking the Future: Toward a New Reform Agenda for K-12 Education, suggests some potential planks for a new approach. 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.




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John Bailey, nonresident senior fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Derrell Bradford, president, 50CAN
Denise Forte, president and CEO, The Education Trust
Paul Herdman, president and CEO, Rodel-Delaware
Tamar Jacoby, president, Opportunity America
Robin Lake, director, Center on Reinventing Public Education
Will Marshall, president and founder, Progressive Policy Institute
Frances Messano, CEO, NewSchools Venture Fund
Robert Pondiscio, senior fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Keri Rodrigues, founding president, National Parents Union
Andrew Rotherham, co-founder and partner, Bellwether
Ian Rowe, founder and CEO, Vertex Partnership Academies
Jessica Schurz, program manager, Hertog Foundation
Matt Sigelman, president, Burning Glass Institute


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