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Across urban, suburban & rural schools, beyond labels & partisan boundaries are education policies and systems that can serve all kids. At the CFEP, we're helping states and communities engage in a new kind of conversation aimed at transcending the divides, focusing on common sense, common ground shifts in K-12 education that put opportunities for all kids at the forefront.

We'll be sharing our thoughts and a look at the work we're doing here. We'd also welcome the opportunity to showcase collaborative efforts going on around the country or differing views on policies or systems. If you're interested in having your work featured or in contributing to the blog, please contact us. To read more about the Keystone Policy Center's work in other fields, visit the Keynotes blog and the Keystone Policy Center website.

 

In the wake of the tragic school shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, there have been renewed debates across the country about the laws and systems governing access to firearms. In many communities, conversations are also unfolding about school building security. While those continue, the questions that have consumed my thinking have been about disrupting the path that can lead to school violence.

Last week, I shared my thoughts on the state of Career and Technical Education (CTE) and the broader efforts in K-12 education to ensure our kids are “career ready” whether they plan to enter the workplace directly after high school or pursue either a two-year degree, specialized certification, or a four-year college degree. While there are important strides being made and a number of encouraging efforts in pockets across the country, we still have a long way to go to ensure all kids are prepared for success.

For most of the past decade, I’ve worked across the country helping state leaders ensure every child has access to a great education. In that effort, I’ve worked with some incredibly bright and passionate educators, school leaders and state officials on everything from rethinking how we prepare and support new teachers to frameworks for improving struggling schools. I’ve been inspired and encouraged by the progress — even if incremental and, at times, slow. But it’s when I’m not on the road, when I’m home and helping raise two amazing kids that a single question dominates my thinking: Is the education our kids have access to going to prepare them to succeed in the world after they graduate high school?

Christine Scanlan is Keystone Policy Center’s President and CEO — a position she has held since July 2013. Keystone has thrived under Christine’s leadership, fundamentally reshaping critical public policy debates and dialogues on issues like education policy, public health, emerging genetic technologies, and climate change.