In recent years, most of the education reform movement’s energy has centered on teacher quality and accountability, parental choice, and innovations such as charter schools—all of which are vital to improving public education in the United States. Very little attention, however, has been paid to the classroom—that is, what exactly is being taught and how. Scholars increasingly see curriculum as the missing piece of the education reform puzzle.

The development of high-quality, content-rich curricula is of utmost concern right now as states struggle to adopt the new Common Core State Standards. The Common Core has the potential to push school districts to do what they have needed to do for years: adopt coherent, cohesive, content-rich curricula. But will this hope become a reality? Or will the Common Core become just another failed reform initiative?

The Manhattan Institute and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute are partnering on this forum to discuss how to ensure that the adoption of the Common Core State Standards leads to content-rich curricula and improved student learning. We hope you can join us for this timely and important discussion.

Sol Stern, Contributing Editor, City Journal

PANEL DISCUSSION Tony Bennett, Commissioner, Florida Department of Education Linda Bevalacqua, President, Core Knowledge Foundation Kathleen Porter-Magee, Bernard Lee Schwartz Policy Fellow, Thomas B. Fordham Institute Merryl Tisch, Chancellor, New York State Board of Regents Moderator: Sol Stern, Contributing Editor, City Journal

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