Can U.S. leaders once again reach across party lines and solve the pressing problems facing Americans?
We believe the answer is an unequivocal “yes”. A good place to start would be with our public education system.
As co-authors and research partners of a new report by a bipartisan group of 20 state legislators and leaders, we contend that the time is now to embrace a new vision of bipartisanship in education. The Time is Now report, produced with the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Center on Education and the Economy and the Southern Regional Education Board, provides a blueprint for states to build the kind of future-ready education our nation will need to compete in the decades ahead.
The U.S. public education system no longer leads the world—far from it. Our high school graduates on average lag their international peers by multiple years of learning. Our state systems of education are not connected to the world of work to the same degree as those of many nations with which we compete economically. And our shared commitment to a flourishing democracy has been fractured, replaced with divergence and division.