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The Center for American Progress is committed to developing policies for a new education agenda that is rooted in the idea of opportunity for all, with equity in access at the center. This agenda focuses on five key components: 1) applying an explicit race equity lens to policy development; 2) preparing all students for college, civic engagement, and the future workforce; 3) modernizing and elevating the teaching profession; 4) dramatically increasing investments in public schools and improving the equity of existing investments; and 5) bringing a balanced approach to charter school policy.
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K-12 education needs a seat at the table when implementing new laws to boost infrastructure, green energy, and technology.
Aug 17, 2023
Lisette Partelow, Akilah Alleyne
In addition to efforts from state and federal lawmakers, schools and communities have a critical role to play in addressing school gun violence through prevention and intervention approaches.
Jun 6, 2023
Allie Pearce, Akilah Alleyne
State governments are taking the lead in implementing no-cost school meal programs to eliminate administrative and financial burdens for students, families, and school staff.
May 4, 2023
Allie Pearce, Akilah Alleyne, Anona Neal
Young adults reentering communities after incarceration face many barriers to finding stable work, but forward-thinking policies can lead to better employment outcomes and safer communities.
Mar 16, 2023
Marina Zhavoronkova, Allie Preston, Justin Schweitzer, 1 More
The newly enacted Bipartisan Safer Communities Act can help schools and districts create safer learning environments without resorting to implementing measures that harden schools.
Oct 26, 2022
Emily Katz, Roby Chatterji, Akilah Alleyne
State and local officials’ efforts to undermine public education by playing politics with school curricula run against the interest of most American children and families.
Sep 19, 2022
Equitable, dedicated long-term funding for school infrastructure is needed to ensure all school buildings are safe and conducive to student learning.
Sep 8, 2022
Jamil Modaffari, Akilah Alleyne
Recently passed legislation that reduces training requirements for teachers will harm student learning, weaken the profession, and ignore the systemic issues that have long contributed to teacher shortages.
Aug 31, 2022
Upgrading school ventilation and air filtration is a critical part of a multilayered strategy to improve and protect health, education, the environment, and equity.
Jill Rosenthal, Elise Gout, Jamil Modaffari, 1 More
To meet the caregiving needs of the K-12 educator workforce and the developmental needs of the youngest students, the United States needs sustained, significant federal investments in the accessibility and affordability of high-quality child care.
Jun 8, 2022
Enrollment continues to grow in alternative teacher certification programs operated outside of colleges, but the number of students completing these programs is declining.
Jun 7, 2022
Jacqueline E. King, Jessica Yin
Congress must pass the Support Kids Not Red Tape Act to support continued access to school meals.
Jun 6, 2022
Honoring the Complex Experiences of Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities in K-12 Education
May 23, 2022
States and school districts have rightly prioritized student mental health as they start to spend pandemic recovery dollars, but they must do more to ensure that funding also promotes racial equity.
May 19, 2022
In these comments, the Alliance for Excellent Education and partners provide recommendations to the School Pulse Panel Data Collection to advance shared educational equity priorities through federal, state, and local policy and advocacy.
Apr 29, 2022
Center for American Progress and partners
In these comments, the Center for American Progress suggests revisions to the Civil Rights Data Collection to get the data necessary to address equity gaps in education.
Jamil Modaffari discusses how states should be rethinking their approach to standardized testing in K-12 schools.
Mar 1, 2022
Funding for government agencies expires on March 11; rather than pass another stopgap bill, Congress must pass full-year appropriations that adequately support the nation’s priorities and needs.
Feb 11, 2022
Nick Buffie, Jessica Yin, Marquisha Johns, 2 More
Jill Rosenthal, Seth Hanlon
Jesse O'Connell, the new senior vice president for Education at the Center for American Progress, talks about the opportunities this moment offers to improve early childhood, K-12, and higher education in the United States.
Jan 28, 2022
The Center for American Progress is conducting new research that uplifts the lived experiences in public education of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. This research will advance CAP’s ongoing work to apply an explicit racial equity lens to K-12 education policymaking.
Jan 26, 2022
Roby Chatterji, Jessica Yin
Led by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, this letter urges members of Congress to co-sponsor the Counseling Not Criminalization in Schools Act, the Keeping All Students Safe Act, the Protecting our Students in Schools Act, the Safe Schools Improvement Act, and the Ending PUSHOUT Act.
Jan 19, 2022
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, partners
Community members highlight the importance of community involvement in school spending decisions and ways for schools to increase this engagement.
Jan 11, 2022
Jessica Yin, Khalilah M. Harris, Jasmine Hardy, 3 More
Meghan Miller, Hai-Lam Phan, Shaheer Lanier
Led by the National Coalition on School Diversity, this letter advocates for the inclusion of the Fostering Diverse Schools program in the fiscal year 22 budget.
The National Coalition on School Diversity, partners
Led by the National Coalition on School Diversity, this letter expresses support for the Strength in Diversity Act.
A review of the common failures of contracts between management companies and the charter schools they oversee suggests some changes could help protect both students and taxpayer money.
Dec 16, 2021
Students returning home from juvenile detention centers deserve support to reintegrate into their communities, especially during the pandemic.
Dec 6, 2021
Educators, students, and family members discuss the important investments they would make to improve the educational experience if they had additional education funding.
Nov 16, 2021
Jessica Yin, Khalilah M. Harris, Shaheer Lanier, 2 More
Jasmine Hardy, Hai-Lam Phan
Students, educators, and family members describe how the underfunding of K-12 public schools has negatively impacted their experiences and opportunities.
Oct 18, 2021
Jessica Yin, Khalilah M. Harris, Hai-Lam Phan, 2 More
Jasmine Hardy, Meghan Miller
Led by GLSEN, this letter expresses support for the Safe Schools Improvement Act.
Sep 24, 2021
Ensuring a quality education for America’s students during the COVID-19 pandemic will require a range of federal and state supports, as well as efforts to build a robust economy that works for everyone.
Sep 22, 2021
Khalilah M. Harris, Jessica Yin, Arohi Pathak, 3 More
Laura Dallas McSorley, Marshall Anthony Jr., Jill Rosenthal
This analysis of testing in schools shows what the current debate gets wrong, and how educators and policymakers can create a future where assessments are a more effective part of the teaching and learning system.
Sep 16, 2021
Laura Jimenez, Jamil Modaffari
Technology and artificial intelligence can vastly improve the types of assessments teachers use to guide students in their learning.
Laura Jimenez, Ulrich Boser
There are valid criticisms about the current structure of state standardized testing in schools; the solution is not to get rid of these assessments but rather to design them differently.
This fact sheet outlines the details of a proposed grant program that would increase recruitment and retention of highly qualified educators in schools with the highest teacher turnover.
Aug 23, 2021
Bayliss Fiddiman, Lisette Partelow
The Center for American Progress proposes a new grant program to address the working conditions that contribute to job dissatisfaction and high turnover among the nation’s K-12 teachers in order to increase equal access to highly qualified teachers.
In these comments, the Center for American Progress provides support for the secretary’s six proposed priorities and offers some additional recommendations to further strengthen them.
Jul 27, 2021
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