Political, cultural, and funding trends threaten the realization of a 21st-century education, said Joel Hames, senior product manager and Leadership Team member of SunGard K-12 Education, a K-12 administrative software and technology services company. In a recent public presentation made in conjunction with a leading industry conference, Hames challenged key stakeholders to communicate, involve, and challenge each other to build something better.

“What keeps our dream from being realized? At the risk of over-simplifying things, I believe it’s because schools exist at the intersection of politics, culture, and funding—and it is an intersection with no working traffic lights,” said Hames. “Each...

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