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For Your Consideration: Education Plotlines for 'House of Cards,' Season 2

By Ross Brenneman and Alyson Klein

It's a hugely important day that people in education have been anticipating literally all year—no, not the chance to compose #eduvalentines on Twitter, and certainly not the release of revamped School Improvement Grant data.

It's the second-season premiere of "House of Cards"! (Meaning the whole things drops on Netflix today.) The first season was rich with education-policy plotlines, and we're hoping for more of the same. So my colleague Ross Brenneman and I decided that, in the interest of public service journalism and all, Politics K-12 should do the producers a solid and propose some great edu-ideas for Season 2.  (You're welcome, Netflix!)

Here's our (okay, mostly Ross') list:

• Frank looks straight at the camera, and without anyone around him seeming to hear, tells us: "A liberal who can't win over the unions has as much business being in politics as a blind marmoset."

• When detractors of the Uniform Standards Effort decry the administration's overreach, newly minted Veep Frank deadpans that this would wrongly imply he shouldn't be allowed to control everything.

• Frank suggests a program that offers states millions of dollars in federal aid, so long as they adopt the policies he wants. And if that doesn't work, he'll remind them that they're not meeting federal expectations, and force them to adopt the policies he wants anyway. (That might have been an episode already. It seems familiar...)

• The Clean Water Initiative, a non-profit organization run by Frank's wife, Claire, decides to start a STEM education initiative and applies for the U.S. Department of Education's Investing in Interesting Ideas grant (or i4). She bribes her photographer friend, Adam Galloway, into following peer reviewers, in the hopes of finding them in compromising positions and forcing them to up her score.

• Frank dramatically slices up cauliflower to prove a point about the American public education system. Very, very dramatically.

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