Center for American Progress

EVENT ADVISORY: Advancing a Race Equity Education Policy Agenda
Press Advisory

Washington, D.C. — On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, the Center for American Progress and Education Reform Now will host a forum at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference. The forum, sponsored by U.S. House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA), will focus on two issues of particular concern to policymakers: recruiting a racially diverse teacher workforce and how to keep communities at the center of education policy development.

The K-12 Education Policy team at CAP has set out a bold agenda supporting a quality education for every child. CAP believes that a new education agenda must be rooted in the idea of opportunity for all, with equity in access at the center. This means developing policies in partnership with everyday people, with a focus on ensuring that these policies benefit students from historically underserved and under-resourced communities, as well as making sure that every child has a quality seat in public schools.

Education Reform Now’s mission is to pursue education policies that enable all students, particularly students from low-income families and students of color, to obtain a globally competitive education that empowers them to fulfill their potential. To achieve this goal, Education Reform Now is building a durable network of progressive champions, allies, and supporters across the advocacy and policymaking arenas to expand what works and change what is broken in the public education system, all while keeping the interests of students and families at the center of this work.

Space is limited. Press interested in attending should RSVP here.

In conversation:
Neera Tanden, President and CEO, Center for American Progress
Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes (D-WI)

Recruiting a Racially Diverse Teacher Workforce

Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-CT)
Chanda Jefferson, 2019 South Carolina Teacher of the Year
Sonja Brookins Santelises, CEO, Baltimore City Public Schools
José Luis Vilson, Math Educator, Inwood/Washington Heights, New York; Co-Founder, EduColor

Curtis Valentine, Deputy Director, Reinventing America’s Schools; Board Member, Prince George’s County Public Schools

Developing Education Policies with Community at the Center

Zakiyah Ansari, Advocacy Director and New York City Director, Alliance for Quality Education
Dayvon Love, Director of Public Policy, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle
William Pugh, South Carolina student organizer and current Howard University student
Kelisa Wing, Instructional Coach; 2017 Department of Defense Education Activity Teacher of the Year

Khalilah M. Harris, Managing Director, K-12 Education Policy, Center for American Progress

Closing remarks:
Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA)

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET
*Doors open at 2:45 p.m. ET

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Room 202A
Washington, D.C. 20001

For more information, please contact Colin Seeberger at or 202-741-6292.