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Sobering Lessons from a Half Century of Federal Efforts to Improve America's Schools

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Since the 1960s, the federal government has become increasingly involved in K-12 education, altering the federal-state-local division of labor. Yet, while we often debate the merits of particular federal initiatives or whether policies "work," we have spent far less time considering what a half century of federal involvement has taught us about which goals and policies Uncle Sam can effectively pursue, and what we can learn from his missteps and successes. Over the past fifty years, what have we learned about the nature of a smart, sensible federal role in K-12 schooling?

AEI resident scholar and director of education policy studies Frederick M. Hess and AEI research fellow Andrew P. Kelly have commissioned a dozen papers to examine concrete lessons learned from looking back on the past fifty years of federal involvement in K-12 schooling. At this AEI conference, panelists will present their findings and explore implications for the federal role in K-12 school reform going forward.
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Monday, October 27, 2014 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
State income taxes and the Supreme Court: Maryland Comptroller v. Wynne

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
For richer, for poorer: How family structures economic success in America

Join Lerman, Wilcox, and a group of distinguished scholars and commentators for the release of Lerman and Wilcox’s report, which examines the relationships among and policy implications of marriage, family structure, and economic success in America.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The 7 deadly virtues: 18 conservative writers on why the virtuous life is funny as hell

Please join AEI for a book forum moderated by Last and featuring five of these leading conservative voices. By the time the forum is over, attendees may be on their way to discovering an entirely different — and better — moral universe.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
A nuclear deal with Iran? Weighing the possibilities

Join us, as experts discuss their predictions for whether the United States will strike a nuclear deal with Iran ahead of the November 24 deadline, and the repercussions of the possible outcomes.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
The forgotten depression — 1921: The crash that cured itself

Please join Author James Grant and AEI senior economists for a discussion about Grant's book, "The Forgotten Depression: 1921: The Crash That Cured Itself" (Simon & Schuster, 2014).

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