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Getting to A+: Wisconsin's Education Challenges

Episode first aired on 5/12/2011

Wisconsin's top education administrators, in a no-holds barred evening, confront educational issues facing the state--everything from school financing and student achievement scores to teacher hiring and firing. The panel--consisting of Daniel Nerad, Joan Wade, and Michael Thompson, and moderated by Dean of the UW-Madison School of Education Julie Underwood--will tackle such questions as: Is Wisconsin serious about school reform? Why has the state failed to secure funds from the Obama administration's Race to the Top national grant competition? Should there be mayoral control of our public schools? Has the state legislature been less than forthcoming in enacting educational reform measures? How do we reduce the achievement gap between majority and minority students? Who is accountable for academic failure in our schools?