AEI Study: How to Make Education a Key Issue in the 2012 Elections

Could education become a key issue in the 2012 presidential campaign? In a new AEI study, former Senate education staffer Alexander Russo takes a look at the efforts of Ed in '08. While the advocacy group’s unprecedented effort to make education an important issue in the 2008 presidential campaign is widely perceived as a failure, Russo explains why the initiative provided valuable lessons and a lasting impact. More importantly, it provided many examples for those looking to popularize education in the 2012 election.

In addition to encouraging the creation of new powerful education advocacy groups, Ed in ’08 demonstrated that :

  • State and local networks can effectively adapt national education messages and disseminate them to education stakeholders.
  • There are advantages to using experienced political campaigners.
  • Harnessing the power of 501 (c) (4) organizations, allows one to engage more freely in high-profile political activity. 
  • Advocates must push for reforms beyond the accepted norms of centrist policies. Even to the point of making lawmakers uncomfortable.

Alexander Russo, the founder and host of the education blog "This Week in Education," is the author of Stray Dogs, Saints, and Saviors: Fighting for the Soul of America's Toughest High School (Jossey Bass/Wiley, 2011). He can be reached at [email protected] or through [email protected] -- 202.862.5904.

Follow @AEInews on Twitter

Also Visit
AEIdeas Blog The American Magazine

What's new on AEI

AEI Election Watch 2014: What will happen and why it matters
image A nation divided by marriage
image Teaching reform
image Socialist party pushing $20 minimum wage defends $13-an-hour job listing
AEI on Facebook
Events Calendar
  • 20
    MON
  • 21
    TUE
  • 22
    WED
  • 23
    THU
  • 24
    FRI
Monday, October 20, 2014 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Warfare beneath the waves: The undersea domain in Asia

We welcome you to join us for a panel discussion of the undersea military competition occurring in Asia and what it means for the United States and its allies.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
AEI Election Watch 2014: What will happen and why it matters

AEI’s Election Watch is back! Please join us for two sessions of the longest-running election program in Washington, DC. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
What now for the Common Core?

We welcome you to join us at AEI for a discussion of what’s next for the Common Core.

Event Registration is Closed
Thursday, October 23, 2014 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Brazil’s presidential election: Real challenges, real choices

Please join AEI for a discussion examining each candidate’s platform and prospects for victory and the impact that a possible shift toward free-market policies in Brazil might have on South America as a whole.

Event Registration is Closed
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.