Flashback: That time Arne Duncan, Newt Gingrich and Al Sharpton traveled the country talking about education
By Peter Cunningham In the spring of 2009, newly-elected President Barack Obama took a meeting in the Oval Office with civil rights leader Al Sharpton. Reverend Sharpton told the White House he wanted to talk about education so Education Secretary Arne Duncan also attended. Sharpton also brought along an unlikely guest: former House Speaker and GOP...
By Guest contributor | July 20, 2016
GOP convention commentary: Is obsession with local control of public education out of control?
A new RNC dispatch from Peter Cunningham, executive director of Education Post: If Republican conservatives stand for one thing above all else when it comes to public education, it is local control. Just as some conservatives see tax cuts as the only answer to an ailing economy, some also see local control as the antidote to...
By Guest contributor | July 19, 2016
5 things the Pence pick could mean for the future of federal education policy
By Max Marchitello The Veep-stakes are over! The pick is in. Mike Pence, the sitting governor of Indiana, will run as Donald Trump’s vice president. Although he has only been governor for a few years, Pence also served in the U.S. House of Representatives. Putting those records together, Bellwether Education Partners’ Max Marchitello takes stock of what...
By Guest contributor | July 18, 2016
GOP sets the stage for Cleveland convention: Here’s where 18 RNC elites stand on education
It’s no secret that Donald Trump’s views on education (and, to be fair, many other policy areas) remain a mystery. But he won’t be the only one on display at next week’s convention proceedings in Cleveland. (Bookmark our coverage of the RNC over at our #EDlection2016 live blog) Along with vice-presidential pick Mike Pence, several of the announced speakers...
By Carolyn Phenicie | July 15, 2016