What Does Conservative Education Implementation Mean?
Reaffirm that educating students is predominately the responsibility of states and localities, especially in the areas of funding, personnel, and reviving poorly performing schools.
Advance educational choice and innovation for parents and students by trusting that parents will do what is best for their children, while not absolving lawmakers from providing oversight.
Demand that states, local districts, and individual schools be transparent through the provision of information to parents that is accessible, timely, comparable, and easy-to-understand.
Assert that high academic standards and aligned tests – both chosen by the state – are crucial because they evaluate what a student is learning.
A wide-ranging discussion between two giants of the conservation education movement concluded the Education 20/20 Summit, hosted by The Hoover Institution at Stanford University and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Moderated by former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Chester Finn, the main feature was former U.S. Education Secretary William Bennett who proposed that a conservative […]
Remarks of Dr. William J. Bennett, Chairman Of Conservative Leaders for Education before the Pennsylvania Senate Majority Policy Committee
Download the full testimony here: Dr. Bennett Written Testimony Pennsylvania Hearing Chairman Argall, Members of the committee, thank you for having me here today. I want to thank Senator Eichelberger for his invitation and for his leadership on this important issue. Senator John Eichelberger is a member of group of state policy leaders – mostly education […]
What We Stand For
Conservative Leaders for Education is a new campaign comprised of leading conservative state lawmakers and education chairs focused on ensuring conservative principles gain traction in state policy decisions as states begin to develop accountability plans under the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
The enactment of ESSA which supplants No Child Left Behind (NCLB) decidedly returns the principal authority of education policymaking to its rightful place: states and localities. We are now requiring states to develop state-specific implementation plans covering things like teacher evaluations, assessments, and plans on how they will intervene in the states’ lowest performing schools.
ESSA presents us with a unique window of time to weigh in and shape education policies in a way that leaves a lasting and meaningful imprint. Conservatives currently control more state legislatures than at any time in modern history. Let’s seize the day and create a brighter future for education in America.