Occasionally, professors from the Jefferson Program in Public Policy have the opportunity to present their research or share their expertise in their field with other academics and policymakers. Assistant Professor Paul Manna recently did just that at the American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI) conference on “Fixing Failing Schools: Is the NCLB Toolkit Working?” Professor Manna's research focuses on education, and his presentation highlighted how states have implemented the No Child Left Behind Act's (NCLB) remedy provisions for struggling schools and districts. Professor Manna acknowledged the high-stake goals and the ambition of the law in his paper, while also focusing on the pressure placed on local leaders and districts to improve student performance.
“Fixing Failing Schools” brought education analysts and scholars together to examine the efficacy of the NCLB’s implementation. The conference focused specifically on examining the remedy provisions of the Act, which have not been assessed as much as the testing and reporting sections of the law. With NCLB now in its fifth year, Professor Manna joined other esteemed academics, analysts, and policymakers in discussing how this important law is unfolding across the country.
To read Professor Manna’s paper or watch his presentation, click here to go to the AEI’s webpage. Look under ‘Related Material’ and click on ‘Manna Paper’ to read the paper in full, or under the heading ‘Event Materials”, select either audio or visual to see and/or view the webcast.