Putting Education Reform To The Test

Education Will Get Some Attention At The Republican National Convention

School District of Hillsborough County

Hillsborough County Superintendent MaryEllen Elia will appear on a panel about youth issues during the Republican National Convention.

The 2012 presidential campaign has focused more on the economy, jobs and national debt than education.

One reason is that President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney differ more on other issues than they do on education.

And unlike in 2008, education advocates are not spending millions to promote the issue.

But education will get the spotlight at a handful of events held at the Republican National Convention in Tampa and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

Hillsborough County schools superintendent MaryEllen Elia, University of South Florida student body president Brian Goff and George P. Bush, eldest son of Florida’s former governor, will join a panel on issues facing young Americans.

The event will be held in Ybor City during the RNC and will be moderated by Chelsea Clinton and National Journal’s Jim Tankersley.

StudentsFirst founder and former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee will appear at both the Tampa and Charlotte events. Both will be broadcast on National Journal and The Atlantic’s websites. The Tampa event is August 29 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The Charlotte panel is September 5 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The Lumina Foundation is hosting an invitation-only discussion on the rising education demands on workers and how to increase the number of U.S. college graduates. The Lumina Foundation event is August 28 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.


  • DrBillLemoine

    First, it’s hypocritical for conservatives to be touting education developments when the debates showed many would abolish the U.S. Department of Education. That should be issue #1. Then we have the discredited and (un)derfunded No Child Left Behind mess with excessive focus on testing instead of curriculum development and expanding, not limiting, student options locally–issue #2.

    After that the field broadens considerably to include (1) improving teaching of teachers (in teachers colleges), (2) encouraging student success in groups, not just individual performance excellence, (3) reducing administrative overhead to put more money into classrooms (with a minimum of 2/3 per district budget); (4) involving community in all day, all week, year round open schools for retraining, enrichment, skills and the arts. Finally (5) better measures of teacher and administrator/principal performance can be resumed to encourage merit pay.

    High stakes testing, stabilizing college tuitions, increased automation studies, thinking and speaking which includes debate, advanced placement courses, handheld device use, spreadsheet problem solving and more can be added. The sky’s the limit with a place for national coordination in USDE.

  • We should judge ALL federal agencies by their accomplishments. Since the Department of Energy was established and BILLIONS of dollars spent – has the price of gasoline or the US dependency on foreign oil diminshed in any significant way? ELIMINATE IT!

    Now analyze the Department of Education in the same light….

    • DrBillLemoine

       You want to judge energy progress? OK, Gulf and other leases have been expanded, fracking has been expanded, ethanol blending has reduced gasoline needs, auto mileage standards have gone up, natural gas is so abundant its price has tanked and distribution means haven’t kept up. Integrated oil companies are making record profits and speculators abound in the markets driving the price down from over $100pb. What more do you want??? Let’s hear it from you or your congressmen or producers. Or are you hung up on one pipeline halted till environmental concerns are resolved? Dependency is WAY DOWN.

      Let’s hear your ideas about Education??? You didn’t provide anything about energy, just complaints tied to one measure–price of a gallon of gas, that’s it. Just bellyaching, no proposals, typical on the right.

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