2. Determine Accountability for the National Education Strategy
Once a national education strategy is set and the benchmarks are agreed upon, there remains a thorny issue: Who is accountable to see it through? The commission? The president? The secretary of education? Business and academic leaders? The 535 members of Congress? The 50 state governors? The 14,000 school superintendents? The 99,000 public school principals? The 3.5 million teachers? The teacher unions? The tens of millions of parents of school-age children? Or the 49,266,000 million kids themselves?
Here's who I think should be in on the accountability for a successful implementation of the national education strategy: Governors, business leaders, parents, and students.
Who's out? The president, Congress, and teacher unions.