September 12, 2020

State of American Education: Issues of equity, reopenings, budgets loom large

In a webinar hosted by NASSP, administrators and policymakers expressed concern about educator attrition and called for more representative curriculum.

While the annual National Principals Conference, hosted by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), wasn’t able to take place as usual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, its headline session still took place in a virtual environment. Topics ran the gamut from reopening schools and equity issues to budget woes and teacher attrition.

During a Zoom webinar hosted by Education Week Associate Editor Christina Samuels, experts gathered to discuss the state of American education. The panelists were:

  • Melissa Provenzano, an Oklahoma state representative and a former teacher and administrator
  • Kathryn Procope, head of school at Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science in Washington, D.C.
  • Doug Williams, superintendent of Sunnyvale Independent School District in Texas
  • Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers

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