As students across the country head back to school, it’s time to focus on persistent challenges facing education in the United States: teacher quality and standards, the efficacy of charter schools, school underfunding and evaluating how the United States measures up to international standards. These will be key topics when Congress returns from recess and as the Obama administration lays out its priorities for education policy in the coming year.
On Wednesday, September 2, Brookings expert Russ Whitehurst, who directs the Brown Center for Education at Brookings, and Fred Barbash, senior editor of Politico, answered questions on American education policy.
“The 21st century has revalued these small geographies. That’s what the 21st century demands,” Katz said, noting that these days, “[w]e aren’t innovating in isolated business parks” in the suburbs.