On November 10–11, 2010, the Albany Government Law Review hosted its fourth annual fall symposium, Classroom Politics: A Symposium on Education Reform. Over the
past few years, the Albany Government Law Review has developed a great tradition of exploring innovative topics for our fall symposia and we believe we have achieved it yet
again by venturing into the legal and public policy debate centered on federal, state, and local education reform. Although always a provocative topic, this past school year
witnessed several important events, both at the federal level and in New York, affecting the landscape of education policy such as: the tenth anniversary of the No Child Left Behind
Act’s passage in Congress, New York’s strong participation in the Federal Department of Education’s “Race to the Top” Program, and President Obama’s continued linkage between
education reform and economic recovery.