ON-Lion Letter
The Center for Education Reform (CER) in Washington, D.C., is distributing a monograph of recommendations to every federal and state lawmaker in the country that can help guide them to improve our nation's schools.  The recommendations in Mandate for Change:  A Bold Agenda for the Incoming Government suggest a new role for the U.S. Department of Justice in policing school choice, a national imperative to have student-level data on a daily basis for every child, a rejection of the appalling performance of too many teachers, and a call for every school to abandon their central districts and behave like charter schools.

While others propose that the global economic crisis and a matrix of threats to our national security must lead the long list of priorities for the new administration of President Barack Obama, CER's brief but commanding booklet argues that fixing public education would be the most-leveraged domestic policy opportunity of our time.

Edited by CER senior fellow Samuel Casey Carter and released in late January, Mandate for Change does not spend a lot of time diagnosing the causes of our current afflictions.  Instead, it moves immediately to prescribe a five-part cure made all the more compelling by the star power of its authors and their basic insights into the key issues at hand:  National Public Radio analyst Juan Williams on federal accountability, National Association of Manufacturers president John M. Engler on transparency, former Washington, D.C., city councilman Kevin P. Chavous on charter schools, CER president Jeanne Allen on school choice, and former USA Today editorial writer Richard Whitmire on teacher quality.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports CER.
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