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Taking the Election to School: Making Education a Focus of the 2012 Election

Education Advisers to Obama and Romney to Debate at Teachers College, Columbia University

Phil Handy, left, an education adviser for Mitt Romney, and Jon Schnur, an education adviser for President Barack Obama, debate education policy on Oct. 15 at Teachers College, Columbia University. At right is Teachers College President Susan Fuhrman, who moderated the debate.
--Emile Wamsteker for Education Week

The Debate

    The Debaters:

  • Jon Schnur, co-founder of America Achieves. Previously, Mr. Schnur co-founded and served as CEO of New Leaders for New Schools. He has also served as senior adviser to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and co-chairman of the Obama for America Education Policy Committee. @BarackObama
  • Phil Handy, higher education co-chair of Romney's Education Policy Advisory Group. Mr. Handy is CEO of Strategic Industries; former chairman of the Florida State Board of Education; twice appointed by President George W. Bush as vice chairman of the National Board for Education Sciences; and a member of the board of directors of the Foundation for Excellence in Education. @MittRomney

Post-Debate Analysis Discussion


  • Mark Bomster, assistant managing editor, government and politics, Education Week @educationweek

    Guest Analysts:

  • Jeffrey Henig, professor of political science and education at Teachers College and a professor of political science at Columbia University. He also serves as the Education and Politics & Education program coordinator, Teachers College, Columbia University @TeachersCollege
  • Alyson Klein, staff writer, Education Week and "Politics K12" blogger. @PoliticsK12
  • Liz Willen, editor, The Hechinger Report @hechingerreport

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October 15, 2012; 7 p.m. Eastern

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