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Watch — Margaret Spellings, on America’s Priorities for a New School Year: More Equitable, Affordable Education to Sustain the ‘Innovation Economy’

July 17, 2018

This is one in a series of summer videos with experts and thought leaders on the state of American education, going into the 2018 school year. Watch all the videos, and read other in-depth interviews, by visiting

University of North Carolina president and former secretary of education Margaret Spelling sits down to discuss the urgent need for a more equitable, accountable and affordable school system — and how the promise of a quality education transcends basic civil rights as a key economic issue, ensuring the growth of the “innovation economy” for the next generation.

— Produced by James Fields