Press Release

Strategies for the Next President to Strengthen Public Education

Among the many challenges facing the next president is the future of the nation’s public education system, a vast enterprise of 100,000 schools reaching into every community in the country.

Like every other sector of American life, public education is struggling to navigate the COVID crisis. But the nation’s public schools also have been a significant source of the troubling racial inequities that have plagued the nation. And the work in recent decades to bring higher standards to every classroom is far from finished.

FutureEd, an independent, nonpartisan think tank at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, has developed a series of federal policy recommendations for the next president. They are not radical strategies. Nor are they costly. Rather, they are pragmatic solutions to pervasive problems in public education.

They focus on four priorities:

  • Building a stronger, fairly compensated, more diverse educator workforce with a 21st Century teacher corps and better pipelines for developing talent
  • Making sure public schools are safe with a more nuanced approach to discipline and closer attention to school climate
  • Ensuring the next generation of student testing is more helpful to classroom teachers
  • Expanding high-quality, public-school options for every student with better regulation of charter schools and a renewed focus on innovation in the charter sector.

“At a time when national education policy debates are no less polarized than the national political landscape, our recommendations offer solutions that put students first,” said FutureEd Director Thomas Toch.

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