The 2017 EdNext Poll on School Reform



The 2017 EdNext Poll on School Reform
What does the public think about school choice, Common Core, and other key issues?

Friday, September 8, 2017
Hoover Institution in Washington, D.C., The Johnson Center
1399 New York Avenue NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005

11:00 AM: Welcome and presentation of poll results

• Paul E. Peterson, Harvard University; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Download this powerpoint presentation here.

11:20 PM: Panel discussion

Moderator: Alyson Klein, Education Week
• Martin R. West, Harvard Graduate School of Education
• Marc Sternberg, Walton Family Foundation
• Hanna Skandera, former Secretary of Education, New Mexico
• Roberto J. Rodriguez, Teach Plus

12:30 PM: Adjourn

Join the discussion on Twitter with @EducationNext using the hashtag #ENPoll


Paul E. Peterson
Paul Peterson is the Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government in the Department of Government at Harvard University. He directs the Harvard Program on Education Policy and Governance, is Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and is senior editor of Education Next, a journal of opinion and research. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Education, he is an author or editor of over 30 books, four of which have been identified as the best work in its field by the American Political Science Association.
Alyson Klein
Alyson Klein is a federal policy reporter for Education Week and the co-author of the Politics K-12 blog. She has written about how work in Washington impacts schools for more than a decade. She has appeared on CNN, PBS, NPR, and other outlets to discuss education news.
Martin R. West
Martin West is associate professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is also deputy director of Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance and editor-in-chief of Education Next, a journal of opinion and research. He received his Ph.D. in Government and Social Policy from Harvard University and his M.Phil in Economic and Social History from Oxford University. In 2013-14, West worked as senior education policy advisor to the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
Marc Sternberg
Marc leads the Walton Family Foundation’s initiatives in education nationally. Previously Marc served as the Senior Deputy Chancellor at the New York City Department of Education, where he directed citywide portfolio planning efforts, including new school development, co-location and school closure, and advised the mayor’s office on education policy and strategy. Marc was the founding principal of the Bronx Lab School, a non-selective high school of choice. He served as a White House Fellow in 2009-10.
Hanna Skandera
Hanna Skandera recently stepped down from nearly seven years of leadership as the Secretary of Education for the State of New Mexico. Appointed by Governor Susana Martinez in 2011, Skandera led the transformation of New Mexico public schools. Under Skandera’s leadership, New Mexico graduation rates reached at an all-time high, AP course enrollment doubled and the number of “A” and “B” schools increased by one-third. Nationally, Hanna serves as a board member of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, is a member and former chair of Chiefs for Change, serves as the Chair of the George W. Bush education advisory and is a former Aspen-pahara fellow. Prior to serving in New Mexico, Hanna served as Deputy Chief of Staff under U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, Undersecretary of Education under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Deputy Commissioner under Governor Jeb Bush. Skandera was previously a Research Fellow with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and taught education policy at Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy.
Roberto J. Rodriguez
Roberto J. Rodríguez is President and CEO of Teach Plus. He spearheads the organization’s work to grow and strengthen the teacher leadership movement by developing and advancing teachers as leaders in education policy and practice, and by supporting their contribution to educational innovation and change in classrooms and schools. From 2009 to 2017 as Deputy Assistant to the President for Education, Roberto developed and led President Obama’s education initiatives to build systemic change and improve opportunity and outcomes across the educational continuum. Prior to his service in the White House, Roberto spent eight years as principal education advisor to the late U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy. In the United States Senate, Roberto led successful bipartisan efforts that resulted in the enactment of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, and the Head Start Act of 2007.

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