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From COVID-19 to culture wars: The growing hostility of education politics

For education policymakers, the last two years have been among the most tumultuous and challenging in U.S. history. Issue after issue has stirred controversy, including COVID-induced school closures, mask and vaccine mandates, critical race theory, and transgender students’ rights. Local school board meetings have been stages for many conflicts. Board members are confronting angry protestors at the same time they confront complex questions about mitigating the harms of the pandemic on students and protecting public health. Recently, in Virginia, we saw the potential for education politics to shape a high-profile, statewide election.

On December 9, the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings will host an expert discussion on the politics of education. Panelists will discuss recent events and what they mean for students, schools, and society, as well as how education might factor into the 2022 elections.

Viewers can submit questions for speakers by emailing or by tweeting @BrookingsGov using the hashtag #EduChat.



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