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Size Matters: A Look at School-District Consolidation

School student book_alt2 icon Report States, districts, and policymakers need to think of better ways to support small, nonremote districts and recognize that an education system designed 200 years ago may no longer be the right system today.

By Ulrich Boser | Thursday, August 8, 2013

Expanded Learning Time Should Be Part of the 21st Century Community Learning Center Program

Including expanded learning time in the 21st Century Community Learning Center program is a good policy move that will improve education for many children nationwide.

By Tiffany D. Miller | Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Ensuring Title II, Part A Funds Are Used for Student-Achievement Gains

Student achievementThe way that funds from Title II, Part A, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act are currently used needs to change substantially.

By Kaitlin Pennington | Friday, July 26, 2013

The Student Success Act Is the Wrong Way Forward

Student achievementContrary to its name, the Student Success Act will have a negative effect on student achievement, particularly for our nation’s most disadvantaged students.

By Melissa Lazarín | Thursday, July 18, 2013

High-Quality Professional Development for Teachers

Classroom book_alt2 icon Report In order for teachers to turn out students who are college and career ready, we must give them the tools and support that will allow them to learn, improve, and do their jobs better even as we hold them accountable for their work.

By Jenny DeMonte | Monday, July 15, 2013

State Education Reform Within Reach? Exploring the Effectiveness of State Support Teams for Districts and Schools

Gabrielle Wooden, Camilyn Anderson article icon Issue Brief While state support teams have proven to be effective in improving district and school leadership, they need to work more closely with teachers to impact student learning.

By Robert Hanna | Monday, July 15, 2013

Common Strategies for Uncommon Achievement

book_alt2 icon Report States such as North Carolina must create the conditions that allow districts to support routines for improving student learning in their schools.

By Robert Hanna | Monday, July 8, 2013

Access to Public Preschool Matters

The benefits of preschool are too significant and numerous to ignore. America’s hope for a bright and vibrant future depends on investing in the education of its youngest population today.

By Juliana Herman | Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Top 10 Myths About Preschool

Preschool article icon Issue Brief Because high-quality preschool is exceptionally important to the future strength of our nation, it is imperative that we get the facts straight.

By Katie Hamm and Juliana Herman | Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Teachers-as-Policy-Analysts Yearbook

cursor icon Interactive A number of grassroots organizations and fellowships have recently emerged in locations across the United States with the goal of giving teachers a stronger voice in the policies that affect their daily work in the classroom.

By Kaitlin Pennington | Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Teachers Talk Policy

play_alt icon Video This video features teachers from across the United States who are members of new teacher-voice organizations and fellowships—groups whose missions involve getting more teachers’ voices heard in education-policy discussions.

By Kaitlin Pennington and Lauren Santa Cruz | Tuesday, June 18, 2013

New Organizations, New Voices

book_alt2 icon Report As education policies have evolved and recent policy initiatives have worked to expose the organizational and structural barriers to improving teaching, teacher voice in policy is perhaps more relevant and important than ever before.

By Kaitlin Pennington | Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Who Is In Charge of Teacher Preparation?

Teacher article icon Issue Brief The redundancy and fragmented structure of the governance of teacher training is handcuffing the effort to improve education for children.

By Jenny DeMonte | Monday, June 17, 2013

Are Schools Getting a Big Enough Bang for Their Education Technology Buck?

Student uses ipad article icon Issue Brief A new CAP analysis shows that too often students use computers for basic skills.

By Ulrich Boser | Friday, June 14, 2013

School-Finance Reform: Inspiration and Progress in Colorado

John Hickenlooper article icon Issue Brief Colorado lawmakers, by redesigning the state’s school-funding system, have pointed the way for other states to follow, but the fate of their efforts rests with Colorado voters.

By Juliana Herman | Monday, June 3, 2013