Washington, D.C. (May 10, 2016)—Controversy erupted over freedom of speech on campus. No Child Left Behind was replaced by Every Student Succeeds as the debate continues over national regulations for testing, school funding, and more. The president proposed universal pre-K, while the presidential candidates debated the government’s role in funding college and mitigating the debt left after that diploma is earned.
The past year saw critical issues in education drive the national agenda. With this in mind, The Atlantic will convene its second annual Education Summit, a two-day event illuminating these issues among the most pressing debates in the education world today. The event will take place on May 17 & 18 at the Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre at The George Washington University.
The Summit will be divided into two areas of focus, with day one covering K-12 and the second day focusing on higher education. Participating in the event will be Erika Christakis, author of the Importance of Being Little, exploring her research into the pressure preschool is having on kids; Virginia Tech professor Marc Edwards, who exposed the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, and has now been tasked to help fix it; and Jen Holleran, executive director of Startup:Education to discuss the future of funding. Steven Knapp, president of The George Washington University, and Howard University president Wayne A.I. Frederick will both speak during Day Two.