K12 News Network

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K-12 is education news from the grassroots up, written by parents, educators, & students. You're the expert on your local school; use news to have impact on the state level, or nationally. As seen on ABC, CNN, the LA Times, & in the San Jose...

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Where do you fall on the political spectrum?

Parent choices about their children's education are most meaningful when the baseline is an excellent public education. K12 News Network believes that great schools are key to realizing the promise of the American Dream, an important partner to families, and an uplifting force in a child's life. We provide evidence-based research and informed opinion about school policies so parents and educators have tools to empower, nurture, and include every child. These tools are how parents and educators hold their schools, wider communities, and themselves accountable for providing the best possible education. We are proudly center-left in keeping with the great tradition that founded public education as a cornerstone of democracy, created to empower and enrich the lives of all Americans.

What political issue is most important to you?

Adequate school funding. We work to ensure that the 88% of American parents who choose public schools have excellent choices because the schools are adequately funded, administered and taught by people of talent, and provide a relevant and rich curriculum that prepares every kid for college and career.

If you were in charge at the White House for one day, what would you do?

I would pivot away from our two main education policies, Race to the Top and No Child Left Behind. Instead of putting money into testing companies, I'd put resources into a rich, challenging curriculum that awakens kids' natural curiosity and excitement about learning, and require assessments to fully measure what kids know through portfolios, performances, projects, and public presentations. I'd invest in professional development for a top-flight teacher workforce. I'd focus on fully funding existing schools and ask school districts to step up their responsiveness to innovation by making it easier for parents to participate in creating magnet schools or programs within their districts.