Former federal officials and others tout the academic and economic-development benefits at an Americans for the Arts Action Fund event.
The New Jersey Education Association's vice president doesn't like Race to the Top, but says he still likes President Barack Obama.
There's plenty of K-12 policy action nationally, but Congress can't take much credit, says U.S. Sen. Michael Bennett, D-Colo., former Denver schools chief.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan steered clear of mentioning charter schools, merit pay, and school turnarounds, policies at the core of the Obama administration's agenda.
Young attendees at the Democratic convention say there is an enthusiasm gap on the issue of college access and cost between their party and the GOP.
High school students from a civic and political education foundation use the Democrats' gathering to drill deeper into issues that concern them.
Michelle Rhee, who has angered a core Democratic constituency, teachers' unions, says Mitt Romney's voucher plan is off the mark.
Colorado state Sen. Michael Johnston, architect of a controversial measure toughening teacher evaluation and tenure, talks about getting that 2010 bill into law.
College access, President Obama's education goals, and Republican threats to education were strong themes on the first night of Democratic convention action.
Delegates and union leaders say they'll work to turn out the vote for President Obama in part out of concern about Mitt Romney and the GOP's policy agenda.