The U.S. Elections & Education: Part 2

Overview

Election 2016: New President, New Education Agenda
Washington, D.C. • November 14, 2016

The election of Republican Donald Trump, coupled with the GOP's success in retaining control of Congress, is sure to reshape federal policy for education in significant ways, from preschool to college.

Although Trump spent relatively little time on education in his campaign, he occasionally highlighted the issue, sharply criticizing the Common Core and high student debt and proposing a plan to significantly expand school choice. For its part, Congress has a long to-do list in 2017, including the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

How will Trump’s campaign rhetoric and proposals translate into a White House agenda? What will be his top education priorities, and how much political capital will his administration put behind them? What are the prospects for carrying out this agenda in Congress? Who will likely be the key education leaders in his administration?

EWA brings together experts to explore the outcome and what it means for education.

Speakers: 

The National Press Club | Washington, D.C.
November 14, 2016 | 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern)

The election of Republican Donald Trump, coupled with the GOP’s success in retaining control of Congress, is sure to reshape federal policy for education in significant ways, from preschool to college.

Although Trump spent relatively little time on education in his campaign, he occasionally highlighted the issue, sharply criticizing the Common Core and high student debt and proposing a plan to significantly expand school choice. For its part, Congress has a long to-do list in 2017, including the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

How will Trump’s campaign rhetoric and proposals translate into a White House agenda? What will be his top education priorities, and how much political capital will his administration put behind them? What are the prospects for carrying out this agenda in Congress? Who will likely be the key education leaders in his administration?

EWA brings together experts to explore the outcome and what it means for education.

Speakers: 

The National Press Club | Washington, D.C.
November 14, 2016 | 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern)

EWA Radio

Is ‘Trump Effect’ Hurting Students?
EWA Radio: Episode 94

Donald Trump speaks at campaign rally.

New York Times best-selling author Dana Goldstein (“The Teacher Wars”) discusses her reporting for Slate on whether Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s fiery rhetoric is trickling down into classrooms. Teachers across the country have reported an increase in bullying and other inappropriate behavior. Some organizations – such as the Southern Poverty Law Center and the American Federation of Teachers – say those problems are a direct reflection of the tumultuous political season. But how much of this really starts outside of schools, and what are reasonable expectations for schools to navigate controversial political events? Goldstein offers insights and historical context for teachers who must balance instructional objectivity with their own political views. She also suggests story ideas for reporters covering the issue in local schools. 

Special Topic

Education & the 2016 Elections

Although education did not figure prominently in the 2016 presidential election, the victory of Republican Donald Trump is expected to have important implications for policy and funding across the educational spectrum. The president’s choice for education secretary of Betsy DeVos — who narrowly won confirmation by the Senate — is widely seen as a clear signal that school choice will be a top educational priority of the new administration.