“A new education agenda must be rooted in the idea of opportunity for all, with equity in access at the center.”
As the long road to the 2020 elections continues, a new report from the Center for American Progress outlines a recommended agenda for federal policymakers. According to CAP, K-12 education is not typically a driving force for national elections, but “the nation is in a unique moment in time,” particularly in terms of public support for teachers and education funding.
The agenda details five key components:
- Applying an explicit race equity lens to policy development
- Preparing all students for college and the future workforce
- Modernizing and elevating the teaching profession
- Dramatically increasing investments in public schools and improving the equity of existing investments
- Bringing a balanced approach to charter school policy
Although the agenda is intended for the federal level, it also offers policy ideas for each component that could be of interest to state-level advocates, such as:
- Creating a new federal-state-industry partnership to identify school models that provide high school students with the opportunity to earn college credit and meaningful workforce credentials—and bring these models to scale regionally and within states.
- Aligning requirements for teacher licensure with candidates’ observable readiness to teach beyond multiple-choice exams.
- Analyzing decisions about school boundaries, admissions requirements, and lottery rules with a race equity lens.