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Education and the New Administration

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President-Elect Barack Obama and his Education Secretary nominee, Arne Duncan, face a host of education issues, with the rewrite of NCLB at the top of the list. Complicating matters are the severe budget deficits that are forcing dramatic cuts in education programs and services. In this episode of the Whole Child Podcast, three guests will address what the Obama administration can do to support our public schools and secure our children's future in these uncertain times.

  • Laura Varlas, blogger, ASCD Inservice

    What are experts and educators saying about Arne Duncan and the direction of the new administration's education policy? Varlas will share what she's hearing from educators on the Inservice blog about their hopes for our country's education priorities.

  • Claus von Zastrow, executive director, Learning First Alliance (LFA)

    How do the LFA's 18 education organizations want the new administration to improve education? Von Zastrow will discuss LFA's meeting with President-Elect Obama's transition team and LFA's recent paper on the federal role in K-12 education.

  • Myles Miller, student journalist, 24/Y News

    What do young people think Barack Obama should do to improve education in America? Miller will share the student perspective on what the Obama Administration should do to ensure the success of each child.

What are your hopes for the new administration's efforts to improve education? How can federal policy ensure each child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged? After listening to the podcast, tell us your thoughts on the Whole Child Blog.


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