The Harrison reforms started with superintendent Mike Miles asking a question: If 80 percent of my budget is devoted to salaries, shouldn't salaries be linked to performance? Sounds logical, but in the school world, that's radical thinking.
For decades, Americans have been searching for The Education President. Unfortunately, every four years it seems like a new issue comes along that pushes education to the back burner (the economy, terrorism, healthcare).
College and career readiness are essential to America's future. We must ensure that by the time our students graduate high school, they are prepared to succeed and to compete to be the best in the world.
There is an education crisis facing young men of color. It's not on the front page of the newspaper, but it's out there, and if we fail to address this crisis together, the education level of the entire American workforce will decline for the first time in our history.
We can debate the stimulus package to help pull us out of the recession, but make no mistake -- our growing education deficit over the long term is as great a threat to our nation's well-being as the fiscal crisis.