The governor’s conference on school policy coincides with concerns about the state’s achievement gap.
About 400 people participated in Gov. Bob McDonnell’s K-12 Education Reform Summit last week. The event featured a bipartisan and respected line-up of speakers, including former North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former New York City schools chancellor Joel Klein.
The summit offers an opportunity for Virginia education officials to do a little soul-searching, says Andrew Rotherham, a former member of the state Board of Education who writes about policy issues on the nationally recognized Eduwonk blog.