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California’s Coherent Education System: Reflections from Michael Kirst

For the past five decades, Michael Kirst has served as one of the most recognizable and influential names in state and federal education policy. Working in tandem with Gov. Jerry Brown, who first appointed Kirst as president of the California State Board of Education in 1977 and again in 2011, Kirst has helped reshape the K-12 landscape in the Golden State by designing and employing a new, cohesive framework for all aspects of the educational system. In this talk with long-time colleague and CPRE co-director Jonathan Supovitz, Kirst details the origins, implementation, and results of his educational vision as he approaches retirement.