Instead of looking for consensus on already politically programmed talking points, we could instead identify a high level goal that would be easy for everyone to agree upon -- "Universal Well Being for all Americans."
Tthe Common Core Standards released contain a notable omission: social studies. That's because the thorniest debates start when you start tinkering with that age-old question of who gets to write history.
No Child Left Behind is fading from policy discussions, but it continues to shape daily life in schools in a very negative way. Capitol Hill should not forget about the law. Teachers certainly haven't.