U.S. Education Department to Host Conversation on New Book, 'Carrots, Sticks, and the Bully Pulpit' on Thursday

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The co-editors of a new book examining a half-century of federal involvement in K-12 education will discuss their findings Thursday at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington.

Frederick (Rick) Hess, director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), and Andrew Kelly, research fellow in Education Policy Studies at AEI, jointly edited, “Carrots, Sticks, and the Bully Pulpit: Lessons from a Half-Century of Federal Efforts to Improve America’s Schools.

Hess and Kelly asked education scholars and practitioners to analyze which goals the federal government is well-suited to pursue and which may be better left to other levels of government or other organizations. The book explores what a half-century of federal involvement in K-12 schooling has accomplished and distills concrete lessons from those efforts. The conversation will delve into federal, state, and local government roles, as well as the influence of federal programs such as Race to the Top and No Child Left Behind.

Peter Cunningham, assistant secretary for Communications and Outreach, will moderate the discussion.

Reporters wishing to cover should RSVP to [email protected] by 5 p.m. ET Wednesday, June 20.