WATCH: Students, Elected Leaders & Education Advocates Talk About the State of America’s Schools — and How Governors Can Raise the Bar for the Next Generation

Two weeks ago, The 74 was thrilled to partner with Axios and the Walton Family Foundation in organizing a special conversation in Washington, D.C., among a trio of governors from across the political spectrum, all invested in raising the bar for America’s classrooms. (You can see our complete coverage from the exclusive event right here.)

Here are three exclusive videos that were produced to screen for governors and gathered influencers at the February event:

Raising the Bar on Education — What’s at Stake

When Students Dream: Inspired by Education

Why Governors Must Lead the Way

The day’s three invited guests were Govs. John Hickenlooper (D-Colorado), Roy Cooper (D–North Carolina), and Jeff Colyer (R-Kansas), all joining Axios executive editor Mike Allen onstage for a conversation about education. Our complete coverage of their appearances:


Carolyn Phenicie recaps: Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper on school safety, turnarounds & showing taxpayers a return on their education investment

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Emmeline Zhao recaps: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper: More than low tax rates & quality of life, CEOs care about education and a skilled workforce

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Carolyn Phenicie recaps: Kansas Gov. Colyer talks about state’s school funding lawsuit, standing firm against school closures & arming teachers

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Andrew Brownstein notes some powerful themes among the day’s different conversations: “Bridging America’s urban-rural divide through education — 3 governors from very different states say they all face the same issues of school funding, safety & dropouts

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