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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

The Bill Bennett Interview with Peggy Lehner – Part 2

“We took a huge step last year with the passage of House Bill 2… that for the first time was putting some real accountability into...

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The Bill Bennett Interview with Peggy Lehner – Part 1

“I think for a little bit too long conservatives and many of us have focused too much on choice and not the quality of those choices. We...

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The Bill Bennett Interview with Owen Hill – Part 2

“The question we’re talking about so often is ‘What should taxpayers be funding?’ You and I have studied many things on...

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The Bill Bennett Interview with Owen Hill – Part 1

“At some point the 10th Amendment still requires states to claw back some of that power and say, ‘It’s not up to you;...

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The Bill Bennett Interview with Mary Scott Hunter – Part 1

“Before we had a construct where we were sort of told what to do and we fought for every little bit of flexibility that we could get. And...

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The Bill Bennett Interview with Paul Boyer – Part 2

“You could probably call me an unofficial ambassador for classical education, but that doesn’t mean that I’m going to...

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The Bill Bennett Interview with Rep. Paul Boyer – Part 1

“I teach at a school where we offer a classical education and….we have to have a lottery system because we have 13,000 students on...

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The Bill Bennett Interview With Sen. Luther Olsen – Part 2

“I think it’s very important that we have a set of standards that states adopt and we teach to those standards. Because if we all...

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The Bill Bennett Interview with Sen. Luther Olsen – Part 1

“We had Act 10 which happened in 2011 which really gave a lot of the power back to superintendents and schools board for running their...

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The Bill Bennett Interview with Sen. Howard Stephenson – Part 2

“We have this four-year-old program which has created greater consistent and lasting gains in student learning than anything in the...

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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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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 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 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 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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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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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 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 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 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 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 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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