Feds' role in education

The Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program issued a report on addressing the challenges in American education of providing equal opportunity and producing globally competitive workers. The paper's key proposal: "The federal government should catalyze a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in public education through a new Office of Educational Entrepreneurship and Innovation (OEEI) within the U.S. Department of Education." OEEI would collaborate with entrepreneurs and state and local governments to:
  • Scale up successful educational entrepreneurs
  • Foster transformational educational innovations
  • Build a stronger culture of entrepreneurship and innovation
The report notes such innovative organizations and individuals as Teach for America, the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP), and District of Columbia Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee. The paper was authored by Sara Mead of The New America Foundation and Andrew J. Rotherham of Education Sector.

Changing the Game: The Federal Role in Supporting 21st Century Educational Innovation, Oct. 16, 2008
      Report (pdf, 173pp/1.76MB)
      Policy brief (pdf, 12pp/796kB)
      Executive summary (html)

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