With a new administration taking up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and George W. Bush's centerpiece No Child Left Behind Act up for reauthorization, Frederick M. Hess, director of education policy studies at AEI, and Michael J. Petrilli, vice president of national programs and policy at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, consider the education legacy of the Bush administration in their forthcoming article "Left at the Altar." They note that the administration found common cause with progressive reformers by pursuing ambitious policies focused on narrowing achievement gaps--but often at the expense of its own conservative principles. They also find that the political environment created in the past eight years presents not only challenges, but also surprising opportunities for reform.
Petrilli and Hess will be joined at this event by Williamson M. Evers, the Bush administration's assistant secretary of education for planning, evaluation, and policy development; Dianne M. Piché, the executive director of the Citizens' Commission on Civil Rights; and Andrew J. Rotherham, the codirector of Education Sector, an education policy think tank. Hess will moderate.