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Taking the Election to School

On October 13th, for the third presidential election in a row, TC will be hosting a conversation about the candidates' views on education. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register to attend here.

Presidential elections call fresh and particular attention to our obligations as citizens to speak, debate, and act. As members of the TC community and as leaders in education, health, and psychology, we are in a unique position to lend our collective experience and expertise toward framing the national debate and elevating public discourse.

The next several months will be a critical time when the candidates’ beliefs and President-elect’s governing priorities come into sharper focus. I encourage you to visit this space frequently, both to learn the opinions of leading TC faculty and students and to add your own voice and opinions. 

Susan Fuhrman
President, Teachers College

TC Perspectives

Contact to submit commentary on education and the election.


What do you feel is the education issue that the next President most urgently needs to address?


TC asked new students about their thoughts about education and the election. Listen to the interviews:

Join the Conversation

Share your views on social media - hashtag #Kossoff2016

In the Media

On the issues: Clinton, Trump call for more federal funding in education, differ on use (

Where do the presidential candidates stand on education? (PBS NewsHour)

Clinton Versus Trump: Where they stand on social issues (Wall Street Journal) 

Clinton vs. Trump: How the Presidential Candidates' Higher Education Policies Stack Up (INSIGHT Into Diversity)

How Clinton and Trump plan to tackle education as president  (PBS NewsHour)

Mr. Trump on Thursday promised to direct $20 billion in federal grants for poor children to attend a school of their family’s choice. (The New York Times)

Donald Trump Releases Education Proposal, Promoting School Choice (The New York Times)

Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton: Where They Stand on Education (The New York Times)

16 for 2016: 16 Education Policy Ideas for the Next President  (Bellwether Education)

Donald Trump Taps Indiana Lawmaker's Staffer to Craft School Choice Plan (EdWeek)

To push 21st Century economic success, Clinton and Trump should focus on education (Washington Post)

Education Policy Plays Hooky (U.S. News and World Report)

The Phyllis L. Kossoff Lecture

The Phyllis L. Kossoff Lecture on Education and Policy has helped to establish Teachers College, Columbia University, as the nation’s premier address for the national conversation on education, where top officials and leading experts in the field present their views and policies.

Past speakers have included: New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch (Ed.D.’05), former NYS Education Commissioner David Steiner, former NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, and NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. In fall 2012, the Kossoff Lecture featured a live debate between the education advisers to the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees, President Obama and Mitt Romney. Watch a video of the debate.