Last week, we had a presidential debate that spent a good 10 minutes focused on education policy and the future of education reform at the presidential level. This past weekend, Eduflack has been watching the Obama television commercials (broadcast in Virginia/DC) focused on education, touting both early childhood education and the need to invest in recruiting and rewarding teachers. So what comes next in education policy?
For those seeking the next phase in the presidential education debate, turn your attention up to Teachers College at Columbia University. Tomorrow evening, McCain Advisor Lisa Graham Keegan, the former Superintendent of Public Instruction in Arizona, and Obama Advisor Linda Darling-Hammond, the current Stanford University professor, will square off to promote and defend their candidates’ education policies. While this isn’t likely to have some of the same fireworks as a Keegan/Jon Schnur debate (particularly like the one at the Aspen Institute National Education Summit), it should provide plenty of red meat on real education improvements.
Education Week will be webcasting the event live. The debate begins at 7:00 p.m. Go to www.edweek.org/ew/index.html and find the upper right corner banner on the event to register. It should be weill worth the time investment.
(Hat tip to Fritz Edelstein and the Fritzwire for reminding me of the webcast.)