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    John Podesta Remarks on Education

    John Podesta talked about bipartisanship in education reform. He said that the recent elections taught the importance of the political process and that passing reform-minded laws would not…

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    Moynihan in the White House

    Prior to his career in the United States Senate, Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1927-2003) worked in four presidential administrations. He served in the Nixon administration from 1969-71 as an adviser…

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    Congressional Republican Agenda

    Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander spoke about the Republican agenda in the upcoming 112th Congress. He was followed by a panel including Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol…

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    Public Education Costs

    Panelists spoke about operational and administrative strategies to reduce costs in education. Among the topics they addressed were reductions in time spent at schools, teacher salaries, and…

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    The Secret of TSL (Total Student Load)

    William Ouchi talked about his book The Secret of TSL: The Revolutionary Discovery That Raises School Performance (Simon & Schuster; September 1, 2009). In his book he reports on his research on 442 schools…

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    Federal Budget and Education Reform

    Marguerite Roza talked about the possibility of budget cuts catalyzing needed reforms in the public education system. These reforms might be dampened by the receipt of federal stimulus…

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    National Educational Standards and Tests

    Mr. Petrilli introduced two reports from the Fordham Foundation on the status of states' educational standards and approaches to implementing national standards and tests for K-12 students.…

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    A Nation at Risk Panel

    The panelists talked about the state of America’s public schools. They focused on changes that had been made in the nation’s educational system since the publishing of the U.S. Department of…

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    Education Issues

    The Cato Institute held a forum on the future of the No Child Left Behind Act. Among the topics they addressed were the future of the legislation, funding by state and federal agencies,…

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    Education Policy

    The panelists talked about state implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act followed by different perspectives of the impact of federal education policy at the state and local level.…

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    Education Department Budget Priorities

    Secretary Paige and others testified about funding requirements of the Department of Education and several programs the administration had proposed. Among the issues they addressed were…

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    How Well Are American Students Learning?

    Educators issued a report on how American children were learning. Among the issues they addressed were trends in student achievement, math and science abilities, and various exemplary…

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    The Educated Child

    The authors talked about their book, The Educated Child: A Parent’s Guide from Preschool through the Eighth Grade, published by Free Press. The book lists a number of topics and ideas that…

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    Standards-Based Education

    Mr. Finn and other education leaders will release a report today called, “The State of State School Standards 2000,” which assesses state academic standards and compares them with each…

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    Teacher Certification and Education Reform

    Participants discussed teacher qualification and certification, focusing on the quality of higher education for teachers, the quality of teaching in public, private and charter schools, and…

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    Accountability in Schools

    Participants talked about how to increase the accountability of local school systems for their performance. They focused on the importance of feedback to the schools and the time to make…

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    Education Summit: Evening Panel

    After dinner, participants on the panel answered written questions from the audience about topics discussed earlier in the day, especially setting standards and assessing students and…

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    Reinventing Schools and Government Agencies

    In a conference entitled, “Common Ground: Where Can Liberals and Conservatives Agree?” participants discussed conservative and liberal approaches to school and government reform. After…

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    School Privatization

    The guests evaluated the privatization of school systems for economic and educational reasons, with which many school systems are experimenting, or at least cotemplating.

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    National Discussion on Education: Cultures

    Chester Finn, head of the Educational Excellence Network, and Brenda Welburn defined multiculturalism and discussed its role and importance in the school curriculum.

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