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Education Experts Discuss State Reform of Schools

Washington, DC
Friday, July 27, 2012

The Center for American Progress hosted a discussion on education reform, from a state perspective, to evaluate the progress that has been made and look ahead to future reforms.

After the federal government failed to make sweeping changes to President George W. Bush's No Child Left Behind law, state and local education authorities have taken matters into their own hands, changing funding structures, approving charter schools, and changing workforce policies.

According to the Center for American Progress, over the last five years, 46 states have adopted common core standards, 25 evaluate teacher effect on student learning, and 33 have been granted waivers under No Child Left Behind to alter their accountability structures.

Participating in the discussion were Deputy Assistant Education Secretary for Policy and Strategic Initiatives Michael Yudin; Alex Johnston, adviser at Bloomberg Philanthropies and chairman of the board of directors at Policy Innovators in Education Network; John King, commission of education and president of the University of the State of New York; Cynthia Brown, vice president for education policy at CAP; and Jeremy Ayers, associate director for federal education programs at CAP.

Updated: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 11:25am (ET)

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