Education Gets Political
John McLaughlin, Ph.D. joined me for coffee to discuss the timing of education as a recent talking point in the presidential race. McLaughlin had previously commented on Marco Rubio’s Town Hall discussion recently and we wanted to explore his thoughts more thoroughly. Here are some of McLaughlin’s previous thoughts on the topic:
“The absence of campaign discussion on K-12 education reflects what just went down in ESSA: the feds punted K-12 education back to the states. The feds have surrendered after wrestling for control over public education since 1983 with the issue of A Nation At Risk. “
John M. McLaughlin, Ph.D., directs the Research & Analytics unit of ChanceLight Behavioral Health and Education
Dr. McLaughlin holds a BA, MA and Ph.D. from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, the University of Chicago and the University of Minnesota respectively.
He was a certified geography teacher and secondary school administrator in Tennessee where he served as a teacher. He then spent the last ten years of his work in that state as principal in an alternative high school.In 1977, he founded Benton Hall Academy, a school in the Nashville area for students in need of a small and caring environment.From 1993 to 2000 he published The Education Industry Report, a monthly summary of investment activity in the education arena.
He has been interviewed by virtually every major newspaper, magazine and broadcast media in the U.S. for his insights on the interface of public education and free enterprise. He has been published several times throughout his career. His most recent writing includes an article, Alternative Education’s Impact on Office Disciplinary Referrals (with Eva Gillham) in The Clearing House, September 2012; a book of fiction, The Last Year of the Season, 2014, North Star Press; and We’re In This Together: Public-Private Partnerships in Special and At-Risk Education (with Mark K. Claypool), 2015, Rowman & Littlefield Education.
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