Bush’s Education Summit: Topics for Discussion

September 27, 1989 2 min read

Following are the topics, as well as individual points within each topic, to be discussed at the President’s education summit in Charlottesville, Va.:

Teaching: Revitalizing a Profession

  • Identifying, recognizing, and rewarding excellence in teaching.
  • Enriching the teaching profession by providing more flexible routes to certification.
  • Attracting enough qualified teachers for elementary and secondary schools.
  • Meeting the nation’s needs in science and mathematics instruction.
  • Increasing the number of minorities entering teaching.

The Learning Environment

  • Providing appropriate preschool and early-childhood experiences to prepare children for primary school.

  • Identifying at-risk youths and reducing the number of dropouts.

  • Creating safe, violence-free schools.

  • Establishing and maintaining drug-free schools.

  • Assessing student performance and establishing appropriate goals.

  • Engaging teachers, students, parents, and the community in partnerships.

Governance: Who’s in Charge?

  • Defining the appropriate role of the federal government in education.
  • Defining the appropriate role of state governments in education.
  • Defining the appropriate role of local school boards in education.
  • Reforming federal and state education guidelines.
  • Ensuring that schools are publicly accountable for their performance, that there is adequate opportunity for innovation, and that exceptional performance is recognized and rewarded.
  • Ensuring parent and citizen involvement in local governance.

Choice and Restructuring

  • Evaluating the experience with choice across the nation.
  • Assessing transportation and equity issues involved in choice.
  • Considering ways of expanding choice and strengthening accountability.
  • Evaluating the experience with magnet schools across the nation.
  • Instituting performance-based restructuring initiatives.
  • Evaluating the experience with site-based management and program restructuring.

A Competitive Workforce and Life-Long Learning

  • Ensuring that adult Americans are sufficiently literate to perform effectively as parents, workers, and citizens.
  • Determining what institutions, public and private, bear responsibility for various aspects of worker training.
  • Enhancing public-private partnerships in education.
  • Communicating the needs of consumers of the products of the nation’s education system.
  • Creating incentive programs to produce more high-school graduates.
  • Enhancing the quality of training and vocational education.

Postsecondary Education: Strengthening Access and Excellence

  • Enhancing opportunities for disadvantaged youths and their access to higher education.

  • Strengthening science, mathematics, and engineering teaching in American universities.

  • Strengthening university entrance requirements and reducing the need for remedial courses.

  • Recruiting and retaining more minority students and faculty in higher-education institutions.

A version of this article appeared in the September 27, 1989 edition of Education Week as Bush’s Education Summit: Topics for Discussion