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Study Group Member Statement

We, the members of the Legislative International Education Study Group, recognize that our work is particularly relevant in the time of a global pandemic. The pandemic’s profound disruption of education—including the challenges of distance learning that schools, students and families faced—exacerbated persistent inequities in the system and created a new urgency for systemic reform.  

The pandemic also changed the workforce, accelerating the use of artificial intelligence and automation. This will require a new level of skill for students, better coordination between parts of the education system and opportunities for lifelong learning.  

We know many parents, teachers and students are exhausted after three years of disrupted learning, eager for normalcy and sick of calls for further change. Students and teachers are working very hard to recover. But they are working in broken systems that are no longer designed for success, and we cannot continue ignore this difficult reality. Silver bullets and siloed policies will not fix this.  Instead, we must reimagine and rebuild for success based on policies and practices that work. 

Our job as legislators is to work with other policymakers and align resources to create a world-class state statutory framework. Our mission as education policymakers is to ensure that every teacher and student can do their best work in a world-class system that supports them to thrive now and in the future. With the right tools, mindset and collaborative spirit, we can accomplish this goal. 

THE TIME IS NOW to reimagine and rebuild an education system that meets our current challenges and workforce needs. We must seize this opportunity to create a better tomorrow for every child. 

Participants

  • Rep. Andi Story, Alaska
  • Rep. Terri Collins, Alabama
  • Dustin Jones, Alabama
  • Rep. Justin Woodson, Hawaii
  • Sen. Max Wise, Kentucky
  • Joe Burks, Kentucky
  • Lisa Lovello, Louisiana
  • Rep. Jim Davnie, Minnesota
  • Porscha Miner, Mississippi
  • Rep. Llew Jones, Montana
  • Rep. Graig Meyer, North Carolina
  • Rep. Mary Heath, New Hampshire
  • Jennifer Foor, New Hampshire
  • Rep. G. Andres Romero, New Mexico
  • Jessica Hathaway, New Mexico
  • Sen. Marilyn Dondero Loop, Nevada
  • Sen. Ryan Aument, Pennsylvania
  • Stephanie Buchanan, Pennsylvania
  • Pierce McNair, South Carolina
  • Delegate Schuyler VanValkenburg, Virginia

NCEE:

SREB:

Robert Schwartz

SREB

State of Indiana

British Columbia

Estonia

Finland

Singapore

Experts and Faculty

  • Eve Eisenschmidt, professor of educational leadership, Tallinn University, Estonia
  • Geoff Masters, chief executive officer, Australian Council on Educational Research
  • Kai-ming Cheng, professor emeritus, University of Hong Kong
  • David Ng, head of academic quality, National Institute of Education, Singapore
  • Scott MacDonald, deputy minister of education, British Columbia
  • Vivien Stewart, senior advisor for education, Asia Society
  • Rachel Hise, principal policy analyst, Maryland Department of Legislative Services
  • Dr. Eve Eisenschmidt, professor of educational leadership, Tallinn University
  • Dr. Kristiina Kumpulainen, professor of education, University of Helsinki 
  • Keith Godin, assistant deputy minister of education, British Columbia
  • Dr. Chew Leng Poon, divisional director, research and management information, Singapore Ministry of Education
  • Robert Schwartz, professor at Harvard University and co-founder of the Pathways to Prosperity network
  • Dr. Sharon Lynn Kagan, Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Early Childhood and Family Policy and Co-Director of the National Center for Children and Families
  • Caitlin Dermody, research assistant, National Center for Children & Families
  • Scott Marion, executive director, Center for Assessment
  • Marc Tucker, retired founding president and senior fellow, NCEE
  • Ben Boggs, former KY legislative staff and current chief of staff to the CO Commissioner for Higher Education
  • State Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos, Washington

Study Group Staff and Contributors

  • Gretchen Cheney, Senior Policy Analyst, NCEE 
  • Jason Dougal, President and COO, NCEE 
  • Nathan Driskell, Associate Director, Policy Analysis and Development, NCEE 
  • Jackie Kraemer, Director of Policy Analysis and Development, NCEE 
  • Anthony Mackay, Board of Trustees Co-Chair, NCEE 
  • Lee Posey, Vice President of State Strategies, SREB 
  • Stephen Pruitt, President, SREB 
  • Michelle Exstrom, Director of Education, NCSL 
  • Emily Ronco, Policy Associate, NCSL 
  • Marilyn Villalobos, Policy Specialist, NCSL 

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