We speak to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) as he prepares to leave office after four years at the helm.
In December 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, which requires states to develop their own school accountability systems. In D.C., the recently-approved plan will rank traditional public and charter schools on a scale of one to five stars, making it simple for families to compare options. Nearby in Maryland, the details of the accountability system have become a political battle between the Democrat-controlled legislature and the State Board of Education, the majority of which is appointed by Republican Governor Larry Hogan. Kojo chats with key education stakeholders in the region about how to best keep local schools accountable.
- Hanseul Kang State Superintendent of Education, District of Columbia; @OSSEDC
- Michael Petrilli President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute; Author, "Diverse Schools Dilemma: A Parent's Guide to Socioeconomically Mixed Public Schools."; @MichaelPetrilli
- Cheryl Bost Vice President, Maryland State Education Association; @BostCAB
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