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Parallel Lives, Different Outcomes

Ivan Silverberg teaches his American Studies class. 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

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

child school bus 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

Return on Educational Investment: 2014

Pencils rest on a dollar bill book_alt2 icon Report A look at school district bang for the buck.

By Ulrich Boser | Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Social Security Disability Insurance

mother wheelchair article icon Issue Brief Social Security Disability Insurance has been a core pillar of our nation’s Social Security system for nearly six decades, offering critical protection when Americans need it most.

By Rebecca Vallas and Shawn Fremstad | Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Primer on Beijing’s Slice-and-Dice Approach to Energy and Climate Reform

S&ED article icon Issue Brief Chinese leaders are unleashing a wave of new policies that fast track energy and emission reforms in select urban areas while laying the foundation for a more gradual shift nationwide.

By Melanie Hart | Monday, July 7, 2014

A Blueprint for Reclaiming Religious Liberty Post-Hobby Lobby

People pray in front of the Supreme Court. book_alt2 icon Report Religious liberty protections must strongly protect both individuals and religious institutions, but must be limited when the exercise imposes costs or burdens on others.

By Donna Barry, Sandhya Bathija, Laura E. Durso, Joshua Field, Carmel Martin, and Sally Steenland | Tuesday, July 1, 2014

What the President Can Do on Immigration If Congress Fails to Act

President Barack Obama meets with individuals fasting for immigration reform book_alt2 icon Report The president has broad—although not absolute—executive authority to set enforcement priorities, defer deportations of unauthorized immigrants, and mitigate some of the harshest effects of our broken immigration system.

By Marshall Fitz | Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Changing Role of the Principal

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

How to Harness a Game-Changing Resource for Export, Domestic Consumption, and Transportation Fuel

Daniel J. Weiss, Senior Fellow and Director of Climate Strategy at the Center for American Progress, submitted testimony to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on "How to Harness a Game-Changing Resource for Export, Domestic Consumption, and Transportation Fuel."

By Daniel J. Weiss | Monday, June 30, 2014

Retaining Teachers of Color in Our Public Schools

Fourth grade teacher Chevonne Dixon teaches class 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

The Promise of Education Information Systems

A person types on a keyboard 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

The New Education CFO

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

June 2014

Economy article icon Issue Brief Five years after the Great Recession, conservative lawmakers continue to stifle our economy and the middle class.

By Christian E. Weller and Jackie Odum | Wednesday, June 25, 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

America’s Incredible Shrinking Overtime Rights Need an Update

Overtime article icon Issue Brief Guaranteed overtime rights are on the brink of extinction if the U.S. Department of Labor does not move to protect them.

By Brendan Duke | Wednesday, June 25, 2014