Cheryl Scott Williams is executive director of the Learning First Alliance (LFA), a partnership of national K-12 public education organizations. Kathleen Porter-Magee is a Bernard Lee Schwartz Policy Fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Kathleen and has more than 16 years of experience in education and policy. Patrick Riccards has been a communications and policy expert for 20 years. Darren Burris is a member of his state's model curriculum development team.