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Conservative Leaders for Education is a campaign comprised of leading Republicans, state lawmakers, and education chairs focused on ensuring conservative principles gain traction in state policy decisions as states begin to develop accountability plans, standards, and assessments under the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Interview Series

Part 1 of the Bill Bennett Interview with Checker Finn

“On balance, big picture, I’d say we are a little better than when we were declared to be a “Nation at Risk.” Now that was...

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Part 2 of the Bill Bennett Interview with Checker Finn

“Most of them [teachers] are okay, not nearly enough are terrific, and a small but reprehensible number are pretty bad. [Eric]...

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Part 3 of the Bill Bennett Interview with Checker Finn

“The upshot is that on important matters, like standards and testing and accountability, states are now much more in charge than they...

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Part 4 of the Bill Bennett Interview with Checker Finn

“The simplest possible way to look at the politics of education is ‘Does somebody care more about the kids or more about the grown...

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Part 5 of the Bill Bennett Interview with Checker Finn

“Massachusetts not only raised its standards but it took its standards seriously. It made its standards count for kids to graduate from...

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Part 6 of the Bill Bennett Interview with Checker Finn

“The full-time online schools that we have now are not yet doing a great job… What’s showing much better results are what the...

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Part 1 of the Bill Bennett Interview with Sen. Mike Wilson

There are “pockets of creativity and innovation taking place all over the state of Kentucky but it’s pockets of it and, generally...

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The Bill Bennett Interview With Sen. Mike Wilson – Part 2

“He told me when I got elected, he said, ‘Mike, you’re going to find that the biggest obstacle when you’re looking at education...

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The Bill Bennett Interview with Rep. Amanda Price – Part 1

“I think every one of our schools have school improvement plans and yet on the NAEP [National Assessment of Educational Progress]...

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The Bill Bennett Interview with Rep. Amanda Price – Part 2

BILL BENNETT: “We have a new law now: ESSA – the Every Student Succeeds Act. How does that help or how might that help improve...

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The Bill Bennett Interview with Dr. Checker Finn – Part 7

“We’ve moved into a world of school choice. Now, the choices aren’t all good and not everybody has nearly enough good...

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The Bill Bennett Interview with Sen. Howard Stephenson – Part 1

“These trends and fads come and go but the basis for all future learning is learning academic skills and content knowledge.” Content...

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