Edu-Policy Priorities for Congress

National Journal kicks off the new year by asking about congressional policy priorities.  My brief on the run (after red eye) response follows.

Congress should take advantage of the tremendous reform momentum that RttT has created by waiting, watching, and learning. When they do take up reauthorization, they should incorporate the RttT framework and many of its competitive aspects.

Second, congress should note the tremendous growth of online learning inside and outside of traditional schools and the important role that the private sector plays in supporting them.

The combination of the two is the beginning of an innovation agenda that values measurement, effectiveness, and choice.

Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is the CEO of Getting Smart. He has written or co-authored more than 50 books and papers including Getting Smart, Smart Cities, Smart Parents, Better Together, The Power of Place and Difference Making. He served as a public school superintendent and the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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