November 14, 2016

Election 2016: New President, New Education Agenda

Washington, D.C. • November 14, 2016

The election of Republican Donald Trump, coupled with the GOP’s success in retaining control of Congress, is sure to reshape federal policy for education in significant ways, from preschool to college.

Although Trump spent relatively little time on education in his campaign, he occasionally highlighted the issue, sharply criticizing the Common Core and high student debt and proposing a plan to significantly expand school choice. For its part, Congress has a long to-do list in 2017, including the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

How will Trump’s campaign rhetoric and proposals translate into a White House agenda? What will be his top education priorities, and how much political capital will his administration put behind them? What are the prospects for carrying out this agenda in Congress? Who will likely be the key education leaders in his administration?

EWA brings together experts to explore the outcome and what it means for education.


  • Lindsey Burke, Heritage Foundation
  • Kevin Carey, New America
  • David Cleary, U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee
  • Terry Hartle, American Council on Education
  • Vic Klatt, Penn Hill Group
  • Alyson Klein, Education Week
  • Bethany Little, EducationCounsel

The National Press Club | Washington, D.C.
November 14, 2016 | 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern)