TREE to host event highlighting misguided education reforms

Nationally recognized education policy expert Elaine Weiss slated to discuss foundational weaknesses of state education policy

On Monday, January 27 at 9:30 a.m., Tennesseans Reclaiming Educational Excellence (TREE) will host an event in Legislative Plaza Room 31 at the State Capitol to examine how misinformation about achievement and gaps is driving education policies that negatively affect Tennessee’s schools.

Elaine Weiss, a nationally recognized education policy expert and national coordinator for the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education (BBA), will discuss the negative impacts of Race to the Top, the real effect of poverty on schools, and the valid way to interpret NAEP (“Nation’s Report Card”) scores. Legislators, media, and concerned citizens are invited to attend.

What: Education policy briefing

Who: Elaine Weiss, National Coordinator, Broader, Bolder Approach to Education

When: Monday, January 27 at 9:30 a.m.

Where: Legislative Plaza Room 31, Tennessee State Capitol building

For more information and to RSVP, contact Anne-Marie Farmer at or 615-295-TREE (8733).

About Elaine Weiss

Elaine WeissElaine Weiss has served as the national coordinator for the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education (BBA) since 2011, in which capacity she works with three co-chairs, a high-level task force, and multiple coalition partners to promote a comprehensive, evidence-based set of policies to allow all children to thrive. Major publications for BBA include two 2013 reports, Market-Oriented Education Reforms’ Rhetoric Trumps Reality and Mismatches in Race to the Top Limit Educational Improvement. She has also authored over two dozen blogs for the Huffington Post, the Washington Post Answer Sheet, Bill Moyers, and other publications, and has been interviewed for numerous radio shows.

Dr. Weiss holds a Ph.D. in public policy from George Washington University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and bachelor’s degrees in political science and biology from the University of Maryland.