Education Innovator Michael Kirst on New History Textbooks, California's Academic Performance Gap

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California Board of Education President Michael Kirst has worked in education policy for over 50 years. Kirst joins us in-studio to discuss his career in education, including taking the lead in crafting the state's new education funding formula. We'll also get his thoughts on the state's new history and social sciences curriculum -- which now includes LGBT history -- and how to close the enormous academic performance gap between schools in low-income communities and those in wealthy ones.


Michael Kirst, president, California State Board of Education; professor emeritus, Stanford University Graduate School of Education