A COLLABORATIVE PROGRAM presented by Philanthropy New York's Philanthropy Connects Committee, the Donors’ Education Collaborative (DEC), and Public Education Grantmakers Network (PEGNET).
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: All interested funders.
In preparation for this session, participants are encouraged to read the two articles linked at the bottom of this page.
A decade into “No Child Left Behind,” it’s easy to see where the act (also known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act or ESEA) falls short. It’s not so easy to see – or agree on – how to fix it. But, after two years of less-than-urgent discussion and negotiation, Washington finally kicked renewal of ESEA into high gear. Arne Duncan, Secretary of the US Department of Education, spent the fall laying out the Obama Administration priorities, and President Obama is using the presidential podium to push it forward. Congress began hearings on reauthorization last month. They promise a “bipartisan, open, and transparent” process – and say they will get it done NOW!
Come hear a discussion that unravels:
- What are the issues open to debate in the ESEA re-authorization – and what does the research say about them?
- What will they mean for New York City and its schoolchildren?
- How can we make sense of the congressional path to a bill?
- Where are the opportunities for communities – funders, parents, students – to participate in the public debate?
- Heather Weiss, Founder and Director, Harvard Family Research Project; and Senior Researcher and Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Education.
- Pedro Noguera, Professor, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University; Executive Director, Metropolitan Center for Urban Education; and Co-Director, Institute for the Study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings.
- Billy Easton, Executive Director, Alliance for Quality Education.
- Kavitha Mediratta (moderator), Program Officer, New York Community Trust.