Education Advisers to Obama and Romney to Debate
Teachers College, Columbia University, will host “Taking the Election to School: Making Education a Focus of the 2012 Election,” a debate between Jon Schnur, education adviser to President Barack Obama, and Phil Handy, education adviser to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, on Monday, October 15, at 7:00 pm Eastern.
Teachers College President Susan H. Fuhrman will moderate the debate, which will take place at Teachers College’s Cowin Conference Center.
Jon Schnur is 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.
Phil Handy is the higher education co-chair of Mr. 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.
A panel discussion featuring education journalists and other experts will immediately follow the debate.