How education should influence politics

How much does national education policy make a difference in classrooms, and how much do national politics drive education policy in America, where schools, curricula and teaching have been controlled at the local and state levels since the dawn of public schools?
A lot, according to three distinguished education policy analysts who took part in a panel discussion on February 8 to inaugurate the College’s new Education Policy and Social analysis (EPSA) Department — and potentially never more so than now, as Congress weighs reauthorization of the federal No Child Left Behind law against the backdrop of a highly polarized presidential campaign.

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