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Experts Discuss Federal Education Policies After Election 2012

Washington, DC
Thursday, November 8, 2012

The American Enterprise Institute hosted a discussion on what the 2012 election results will mean for federal education policy.

Experts from both parties discussed what the Obama administration's education priorities will be in the second term, the prospects for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Higher Education Act, how sequestration would affect education, as well as public opinion on issues like charter schools, teacher evaluation, education spending.

"Much of the education reform and change will not come from the federal government but will happen in the state level," Education Policy Adviser to House Speaker John Boehner said at an event.  In remarks, Katherine Haley said the biggest surprise of the 2012 election for Republicans was the turnout in the Senate.  

Participants included: Katherine Haley from the office of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio); Frederick M. Hess of AEI; Alyson Klein of Education Week; Andy Rotherham of Bellwether Education Partners; Massie Ritsch, deputy assistant secretary for External Affairs and Outreach at the U.S. Department of Education; and Kristen Soltis Anderson of The Winston Group.

Andrew Kelly of AEI moderated the discussion.

Updated: Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 12:31pm (ET)

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