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Four Years Later, Are Race to the Top States on Track?

article icon Issue Brief Race to the Top states have demonstrated strong progress since the beginning of the program, but this is hard work and many have a good deal of work ahead to meet their Race to the Top commitments.

By Tiffany D. Miller and Robert Hanna | Monday, March 24, 2014

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New York City’s Children First

book_alt2 icon Report New York City's massive school reform produced significant change beyond the city's own schools and helped set a national agenda for reforming education.

By Maureen Kelleher | Friday, March 21, 2014


Why Too Many Schools Live in an Analog World—and What We Can Do About It

Modernizing the E-rate program is a viable way to address the growing technological gap in schools and ensure that all classrooms are equipped for the 21st century.

By Ulrich Boser and Chelsea Straus | Monday, February 10, 2014

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Redesigning and Expanding School Time to Support Common Core Implementation

book_alt2 icon Report Schools that are redesigned with significantly more time for both student learning and teacher development and collaboration will be better prepared to meet the challenges of Common Core implementation.

By David A. Farbman, David J. Goldberg, and Tiffany D. Miller | Friday, January 31, 2014

Teachers Stay in the Profession During Obama-Era Policies

A large majority of new teachers have stayed in their profession during a period of dramatic education reforms that critics claimed would drive them away.

By Kaitlin Pennington and Robert Hanna | Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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In the Quest to Improve Schools, Have Teachers Been Stripped of Their Autonomy?

article icon Issue Brief Despite recent reforms, surveys indicate that teachers are largely satisfied with their jobs, which bodes well for initiatives aimed at providing teachers with the support and clear direction they need to improve the profession and educational outcomes.

By Ulrich Boser and Robert Hanna | Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Interactive Map: Do Teachers Really Lack Autonomy and Freedom?

cursor icon Interactive Findings from a federal survey of teachers around the country show that teachers actually have significant control over their professional work.

By Ulrich Boser and Robert Hanna | Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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Elementary and Secondary Education Act Flexibility Waivers

book_alt2 icon Report We examine ESEA flexibility plans for the degree to which states intend to use them to expand learning time in schools.

By Tiffany D. Miller | Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Interactive Map: Are States Using Flexibility Waivers to Expand Learning Time in Schools?

cursor icon Interactive See how the state plans for ESEA flexibility waivers compare.

By Tiffany D. Miller | Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Fourth-grader reading

The Right to Read: Suing a State for Better Teaching

Recognizing that the ability to read by the third grade is a critical milestone, the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a class action lawsuit against a Michigan school district for failing to teach students to read at grade level.

By Jenny DeMonte and Akash Patel | Thursday, December 5, 2013

Derek Schmidt

Conservative Politicians are Lashing Out at Courts that Order Equal Funding for Education

article icon Issue Brief When judges rule in favor of students seeking a better education, they risk incurring the wrath of conservative legislators with an austerity agenda.

By Billy Corriher | Thursday, March 27, 2014

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