State of the Union: Education

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Expert:

Dr. Andy Porter

Dean, Graduate School of Education

University of Pennsylvania

 

Credentials:

  • Expert in education policies, such as No Child Left Behind, as well as standardized testing and the achievement gap.
  • Offers a balanced “recipe” for fixing No Child Left Behind, and highlights the policy’s pros and cons.
  • Can discuss how Congress needs to recalibrate NCLB to make it a more effective tool in education reform.

 

• Expert:

Dr. Jon Supovitz

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education

University of Pennsylvania

 

Credentials:

  • Expert in school reform and state takeovers, standardized testing and instructional improvement
  • Researches how schools use different means to determine effectiveness.
  • Director at the Consortium for Policy Research in Education

 

 

• Expert:

Dr. Richard Ingersoll

Professor, Graduate School of Education

University of Pennsylvania

 

Credentials:

  • Nationally recognized expert in teacher shortages, qualifications and turnover rates
  • Questions whether there really is a shortage of math and science teachers, and offers a “hole in a bucket” perspective relating to the teaching workforce.
  • Can discuss treating teachers better and preparing 100,000 new science, technology, engineering and math teachers in the next 10 years.

 

 

• Expert:

Dr. Joni Finney

Professor, Graduate School of Education

University of Pennsylvania

 

Credentials:

  • Expert in public financing of higher education and access and accountability in higher education
  • Has worked for more than 20 years with state leaders to improve public policies that govern higher education, and has served as the vice president of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education for the past 10 years.
  • Can discuss increasing the number of college graduates and investing in community colleges.

 

 

• Expert:

Dr. Laura Perna

Professor, Graduate School of Education

University of Pennsylvania

 

Credentials:

  • Expert in student loans and finances, paying for college and college affordability and choice
  • Researchers how individual characteristics, social structures and public policies enable or restrict women, racial/ethnic minorities and people of lower socio-economic status in gaining opportunities in higher education.
  • Can discuss increasing access to higher education and creating permanent tuition tax credits.