Tuesday, August 28, 2012

How can the Feds enrich public education?

I'm delighted to be attending a White House briefing on public education.  I know there will be a lot of people in the room and if I have an opportunity to make some suggestions, I'll have to be brief and focused.

Below are three recommendations for what I think we need to do on a federal level.  Of course the details matter, yet I thought it would be helpful to set some worthwhile aims.
  • Effective school systems should align federal, state and local policy that supports teacher leadership. 
  • Federal policy should ensure that all teachers have effective working conditions. 
  • Most importantly, the federal government should do everything it can to ensure that all children are "school ready." That means that all children should be well-rested, well-fed and healthy.  All children should come from safe homes and neighborhoods in which caregivers have time to spend with their children. "School ready" children are curious and eager to learn.
If you had a few moments to talk about education with White House officials, what would you like to say?

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