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I’m Kara Westover, and this is Slate.
It’s episode 8 of Slate’s Education Reform.
It begins with a series of questions from Slate readers: What do you think is the most effective way to reform education?
What do the results of the new national tests show?
How would you fix it?
What should we do to fix it, if we can?
How do we make it more effective?
What are the options available?
This is how you answer our questions.
We’ve heard it all before: It’s bad.
It needs to be fixed.
It doesn’t work.
But if you’re reading this, you’re not the first person to ask these questions.
That’s because we’ve been listening to these questions for years now.
But we’re finally getting to the point where we can answer them.
We also want to point out that these are not necessarily the most powerful or the most accurate answers.
There are a lot of other issues that matter.
There’s a lot more we could be talking about.
I want to go back to the original question that we asked.
And the original response we got from the education reforms committee is that they were really just starting to figure out what the best approach to fixing education was.
And it was one that was, as one committee member put it, the kind of “aha!” moment of the whole thing.
It had always seemed to be a bit like this long process.
There were lots of studies, lots of reports, lots and lots of discussions, and then they came to this conclusion: If we do anything, anything at all, it’s going to have to involve some changes to the way we teach.
The committee said it wanted to start by giving more autonomy to the states.
They wanted to give more freedom to states to do what they wanted to do.
They also said they needed to move to more standardized testing and more accountability.
And then they said we need to move away from traditional test scores and to more rigorous tests.
This has been the standard narrative in education reform circles for a long time.
We’re always hearing that we’re going to need some big changes to get education reform moving again.
But the reality is, it hasn’t been easy.
We have to keep asking: How did it happen?
And then we have to ask: What can we do now?
The Education Reform Coalition is a coalition of national education reform groups that includes organizations that are involved in education policy, education policy experts, and parents and educators.
The coalition has been formed to try to figure it out.
What was it about education reform that has caused the political paralysis that we’ve seen?
And what can we learn from this experience?
Let’s start with the basics.
The Education Law Reform Coalition (ELSC) was founded in 2000 to promote reform of the Common Core standards and to help states adopt new education policies.
At the time, it was led by Robert Barnes, a professor of education at the University of Pennsylvania, and was led at least in part by John Bailenson, a former governor of New York who is now the president of the American Federation for Children.
It was formed to work with the Education Department to help push education policy in the states, but it has expanded to include advocacy and policy development as well.
In 2010, it formed the National Education Policy Center (NEPPC), which is chaired by former Democratic congressman and former education secretary Arne Duncan.
It has also been an adviser to the National Governors Association.
Its members include former presidents of the states and governors, former education secretaries, and a lot—well, a lot, actually—of people who are not education policymakers.
What’s its role in education?
Well, the ELSC has an executive director, who is a retired professor at the Brookings Institution.
The NEPPC has an education policy director.
And there are a couple of other staffers, including a policy adviser, who are teachers themselves, but who are mostly focused on advocacy.
And this is the kind, for example, of person who has a very strong view on the Common Test.
The ELSC’s main agenda is to push for reforms in the education system.
So how does it work?
It’s really a big group.
ELSC members are the governors of the 50 states, the governors in the District of Columbia, the presidents of each of the state governorships in the country, and the governors and state legislatures in the 50 U.S. territories.
It also includes a board of governors.
And they have a chair and a vice chair, as well as a vice president and a secretary.
This board of