Stark differences in education policy emerged Monday evening during a debate between education advisers to President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney at Teachers College, Columbia University. Obama Advisor Jon Schnur and Romney Advisor Phil Handy spoke in depth on topics ranging from Common Core State Standards and No Child Left Behind to student assessment, teacher development and evaluation, vouchers, and early childhood education.
The event was hosted by Teachers College and Education Week, with live webcast sponsored by the International Reading Association. Visit the Education Week website to access the webcast archive.
Schnur, co-founder of America Achieves, previously served as senior advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and co-chairman of the Obama for America Education Policy Committee. Handy, higher education co-chair of the Ed-Policy Advisory Group, is CEO of Strategic Industries. He formerly served as chairman of the Florida State Board of Education, and was twice appointed by President George W. Bush as vice chairman to the National Board for Education Sciences.