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Written by Nate Davis

Politics is a rough and tumble affair, and this past election will, undoubtedly, go down in history as one of the most divisive in modern American politics.  But at some point campaigns must end and the hard work of governing must begin. The critical question is: Can our nation’s leaders come together in a bipartisan way to get things done?

The first 100 days will largely determine whether our leaders can accomplish anything or find themselves mired in endless gridlock.  This is why I’m hopeful education emerges as a priority for the Trump Administration and the 115th Congress.

Education, especially the plight of K-12 education, was clearly a sleeper issue during the campaign, with candidates only occasionally raising it (and almost exclusively) within the context of higher education access and student loan debt.  But there is great potential for K-12 education issues to become a great unifying force in American politics.

[Nate’s column was first published in The Hill. Read the full piece here.]

About The Author

Nate Davis

Nate Davis, Executive Chairman of K12, is a seasoned leader of transformational telecommunications, media and software development companies, with a record of improving operations, launching innovative new products and strengthening relationships with legislative and regulatory authorities. Mr. Davis, joined the K12 Board of Directors in 2009, was named Chairman of the Board in June 2012, assumed the role of Executive Chairman in January 2013 and was named Chairman and CEO in January 2014. In his current role, he is responsible for overseeing all operational and corporate functions of the company with a focus on excellence in academic, operational and financial performance. Mr. Davis joined the company from the position of Managing Director of RANND Advisory Group, a consulting group advising venture capital, media, and technology-based firms. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer and President of XM Satellite Radio and was a member of the company's Board of Directors, where he strengthened operations and financial performance and led the company through its merger with Sirius Satellite Radio. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Davis was President and Chief Operating Officer, and board member of XO Communications Inc. Mr. Davis has also held senior executive positions at Nextel Communications (EVP, Network and Technical Services), MCI Telecommunications (Chief Financial Officer and various other management positions) and MCI Metro (President and Chief Operating Officer). Mr. Davis currently serves on the Board of Directors for Unisys and the Board of Trustees for RLJ Lodging Trust. Mr. Davis received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MS in Engineering Computer Science at the Moore School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a BS in Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

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