MEDIA WATCH: WTF? Everyone -- at 'Education Nation' at least -- knows that Deborah Quazzo is the best person to represent Chicago's public schools in a nationwide TV show. Education Nation chooses corporate propaganda over fact, once again...

Were anyone in Chicago but Rahm Emanuel asked to name 100 or 1,000 teachers, students, union leaders or parents who know Chicago's public schools, the name "Deborah Quazzo" would not come up. Until she was appointed to replace Penny Pritzker by Chicago's mayor in July 2013, Deborah Quazzo was unknown in the work of public education in the nation's third largest city.

Deborah Quazzo at the September 25, 2013 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education. Along with five of her colleagues, she voted to rubber stamp the infamous CPS "Facilities Plan" even though she didn't know anything about the city's public schools and could not have located most of them without an expensive GPS. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.But if the annual "Education Nation" makes any difference, Deborah Quazzo is more important for telling the tale of public education in Chicago than Karen Lewis, President of the Chicago Teachers Union, Barbara Byrd Bennett, current "Chief Executive Officer" of Chicago's public schools, or hundreds of other teachers and scholars who had dealt with the questions of how to do public education in Chicago.

But Deborah Quazzo?

Well, she's the main person from Chicago's public schools listed on the "Education Nation Summit 2013" program for this year. The "Summit" will take place on October 7, 2013.


This year, the fourth annual Education Nation Summit will explore What It Takes to get a student through school and ready to succeed in college, career and beyond on Monday, October 7 and Tuesday, October 8. Through individual stories, we will form a collective snapshot of the challenges facing our public education system, as well as some of the real successes being achieved in meeting those challenges. We will examine the lives and aspirations of young people at critical junctures in their academic careers to better understand the resources and supports that students need in order to truly succeed.

We will hear perspectives on What It Takes from some of the biggest names in education, politics, business, and entertainment, as well as from those on the front lines of education: the teachers, students, administrators, and parents at our Summit. Wed also like to hear from YOU, and we invite you to submit your ideas for What It Takes;" you can find instructions here. Some of the "What It Takes" topics that will be covered at the 2013 Summit are:

A Great Start

Active Parenting

Well-Trained Teachers

Safe Schools

Healthy Living

More Than High School: Disrupting Higher Ed

We will be live streaming the following events on (exact times to be released in the coming weeks): Student Town Hall: Sunday, October 6, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET

Teacher Town Hall: Sunday, October 6, 12 - 2 p.m. ET

2013 Education Nation Summit: Monday, October 7 and Tuesday, October 8, approximately 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Below is a list of confirmed panelists, presenters and interviewees for the 2013 Education Nation Summit. We will be posting details about the Summit agenda and panel times, as well as the names of new panelists on an ongoing basis, so keep checking back here for updates. Anant Agarwal

President, edX

Timothy M. Armstrong

Chairman and CEO, AOL

Deborah Loewenberg Ball

Dean, School of Education, University of Michigan

Melody Barnes

Chair, Forum for Community Solutions & CEO, Melody Barnes Solutions, LLC

Susan Benedetto

Co-Founder and Board President, Exploring the Arts Tony Bennett

Singer and Co-Founder and Board Member, Exploring the Arts

Steve Beshear

Governor of Kentucky Lloyd Blankfein

CEO and Chairman, Goldman Sachs

Michael Bloomberg

Mayor of New York City

Michele Brooks

Assistant Superintendent, Family and Student Engagement, Boston Public Schools

Sean P. Jack Buckley

Commissioner, National Center for Education Statistics

Syrena Burnam

Science Teacher, North Star Academy Jeb Bush

Former Governor of Florida

Dr. Pamela Cantor

Founder, President and CEO, Turnaround for Children, Inc.

Dr. Meria Joel Carstarphen

Superintendent, Austin Independent School District

David Coleman

President and Chief Executive Officer, The College Board

Ron Conway

Angel Investor

Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.

President, Purdue University

Dr. John E. Deasy

Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District

Dr. Peter DeWitt

Principal, Poestenkill Elementary School Harriet Dichter

Executive Director, Delaware Office of Early Learning Arne Duncan

U.S. Secretary of Education

Jonah Edelman

Co-Founder and CEO, Stand for Children

Marian Wright Edelman

Founder and President, The Children's Defense Fund Debra Eschmeyer

Co-Founder and VP of External Affairs, FoodCorps

Allyson Felix

Olympic Gold Medalist Jose Ferreira

Founder and CEO, Knewton

Dr. Phil Fisher

Psychologist and Professor, University of Oregon

Goldie Hawn

Actress and Founder and Board Chair, The Hawn Foundation Anne T. Henderson

Author, Beyond the Bake Sale and Senior Consultant, Annenberg Institute for School Reform Dr. William R. Hite, Jr.

Superintendent, School District of Philadelphia Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Caroline Hoxby

Scott and Donya Bommer Professor in Economics, Stanford University

Jay Jefferson

Parent, Coral Gables, FL Bobby Jindal

Governor of Louisiana

Ben Kaufman

Founder and CEO, Quirky David Kirp

Author, Improbable Scholars and Professor of Public Policy, UC-Berkeley Joel Klein

CEO, Amplify Tanisha Kwaaning

Teacher and OneGoal Program Director, Christian Fenger Academy High School

Paul J. LeBlanc

President, Southern New Hampshire University

Jack Markell

Governor of Delaware

Sara Martinez Tucker

CEO, National Math + Science Initiative Dr. Anthony Marx

President and CEO, The New York Public Library

Svante Myrick

Mayor of Ithaca

Paul Pastorek

Former Louisiana State Superintendent of Education and Member Emeritus, Chiefs for Change Deval Patrick

Governor of Massachusetts Mike Pence

Governor of Indiana

Dr. Andre Perry

Founding Dean of Urban Education, Davenport University

Dr. Daniel R. Porterfield

President, Franklin & Marshall College

Deborah Quazzo

Founder and Managing Partner, GSV Advisors

Dr. Irwin Redlener

President and Co-Founder, Childrens Health Fund

Amanda Ripley

Author, The Smartest Kids in the World and TIME Investigative Journalist

Joel Rose

Co-Founder and CEO, New Classrooms Innovation Partners Evelyne Santiago

City Year Corps Member

Dr. William Schmidt

University Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University

Jon Schnur

Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, America Achieves

David Shapiro

President and CEO, National Mentoring Partnership

M. Night Shyamalan

Screenwriter, Director and Producer; Author, I Got Schooled

Dr. Joshua P. Starr

Superintendent, Montgomery County Public Schools

Dr. Dana L. Suskind

Director and Founder, Thirty Million Words Program

Diane Tavenner

Founder and CEO, Summit Public Schools Brenda Van Gorder

Director of Preschool Services, Granite School District

Dennis Van Roekel

President, National Education Association Dennis Walcott

Chancellor, New York City Department of Education Randi Weingarten

President, American Federation of Teachers Robert Wrubel

Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Vice President, Apollo Group


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