Bill Clinton created Goals 2000. George W. Bush launched No Child Left Behind. Now, nearly one year into his first term as president, Barack Obama is embarking on perhaps the biggest expansion ever of the federal role in public schools.
Led by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the administration is asking states and school districts to experiment, to challenge long-held assumptions about teaching and learning, and to innovate — and it is putting up nearly $5 billion in “Race to the Top” (RTT) funds and other incentives to prod them to do it.
Will they be successful? This month, ASBJ puts that question, and several others, to seven authorities in the field of public education. Read what they have to say in this month’s cover story, now available online.