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The next education secretary must know about much more than education

Andre Perry, The Hechinger Report |

“Biden’s education secretary needs to step outside the schoolhouse and make deliberate political connections with other department chiefs to improve overall conditions in neighborhoods, cities and states for families more broadly. We need an effective politician who can engage in multiple conversations to develop policy with the secretaries of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Transportation, Commerce and Agriculture (not to mention with Republicans in Congress and at the state level).”

“Teaching experience is certainly an important qualification for running the department that oversees the nation’s schools, but America needs a systems leader who can see that kids don’t live in schools; they live in communities.”

Dr. Andre Perry, a contributing writer, is a David M. Rubenstein Fellow at The Brookings Institution. Perry was the founding dean of urban education at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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