Education Nation is NBC News' year-round initiative to engage the country in a solutions-focused conversation about the state of education in America.

"Education Nation" seeks to create a thoughtful, well-informed dialogue with policymakers, thought-leaders, educators, parents and the public, in pursuit of the shared goal of providing every American with an opportunity to achieve the best education in the world.

These discussions cover the challenges, potential solutions and innovations spanning the education landscape.

By providing quality information to the public, NBC News hopes to provide information to Americans so they can make decisions about how best to improve our education system both in the near and long terms, and to shine a spotlight on one of the most urgent national issues of our time.