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America’s Most Financially Disadvantaged School Districts and How They Got that Way

book_alt2 icon Report We need to address inequity in state aid to school districts in order to help fiscally disadvantaged districts reach a level playing field.​

By Bruce D. Baker | Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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Parallel Lives, Different Outcomes

article icon Issue Brief Some school districts are more productive than others, but district leaders might have little control over spending their funds in ways that can improve outcomes.

By Robert Hanna and Bo Morris III | Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Educational Equity and Effectiveness: The Need for Fiscal Fairness and Fiscal Productivity

To ensure successful outcomes for all students, our nation must do more to improve the fair and productive use of school dollars.

By Ulrich Boser | Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Professional Support for Principals Is Essential for Strong Teacher-Evaluation Systems

New data show that 95 percent of principals believe they have a major influence on teacher evaluation, yet they do not receive the professional support they need to take on new responsibilities related to teacher evaluation.

By Jenny DeMonte and Kaitlin Pennington | Tuesday, July 1, 2014


The Changing Role of the Principal

book_alt2 icon Report A series of case studies sheds light on the changing landscape of school leadership and principal professional development.

By Lee Alvoid and Watt Lesley Black Jr. | Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Fourth grade teacher Chevonne Dixon teaches class

Retaining Teachers of Color in Our Public Schools

book_alt2 icon Report Through targeted reform efforts, states, districts, and school leaders—as well as policymakers and communities of color—can improve the retention rates and effectiveness of teachers of color.

By Glenda L. Partee | Saturday, June 28, 2014

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Access to Effective Teaching is the New Measure of Equity

The ruling in Vergara v. California sparks strong reactions on both sides of the issue, but all can agree that great teaching matters.

By Jenny DeMonte and Kaitlin Pennington | Friday, June 27, 2014


The New Education CFO

book_alt2 icon Report The strategic education chief financial officer can better address the growing complexity of operating school districts in a challenging fiscal environment, as well as the need to transform how K-12 education prepares today's students to succeed.

By Don Hovey and Ulrich Boser | Thursday, June 26, 2014

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The Promise of Education Information Systems

book_alt2 icon Report By embracing big data and management technology, K-12 schools can raise student achievement and reduce costs.

By Nathan Levenson and Ulrich Boser | Thursday, June 26, 2014

Roadmap for a Successful Transition to the Common Core in States and Districts

book_alt2 icon Report States and districts across the country are using promising and effective practices to implement the Common Core, but more work remains to ensure a smooth transition to the new standards.

By Carmel Martin, Max Marchitello, and Melissa Lazarín | Wednesday, June 25, 2014


The Middle-Class Squeeze

book_alt2 icon Report America's middle class is being squeezed by stagnant—and in many cases declining—incomes and rising costs. To address the middle-class squeeze, we need to enact policies that will both increase incomes and also address rising child care, higher education, health care, housing, and retirement costs.

By Jennifer Erickson | Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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