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Paul Beach
Brian Robinson
Hailly T.N. Korman
Linea Koehler

Today, and on any given day in the U.S., tens of thousands of students are attending school behind bars. Juvenile justice education fails many of these students, resulting in a double punishment for youth: the punitive experience of incarceration for their alleged offense and the potentially catastrophic disruptions of their educational pathway.

Bellwether Education Partners’ new report, Double Punished: Locked Out of Opportunity, reviews juvenile justice education policies in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. We focused our review on three related sets of policy tools that are crucial for improving outcomes for youth who are incarcerated: governance, accountability, and finance. While each of these policy tools creates opportunities for reform, designing all three to be mutually reinforcing has broader impact at the system level. However, our review of current state policies shows that there is much to improve.

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Michelle Croft
Juliet Squire
Alex Spurrier
Andrew J. Rotherham

Parents across the country continue to be concerned about their children’s academic and social-emotional well-being. Some parents are sufficiently satisfied with their children’s school and are content with a return to a pre-pandemic normal. Other parents are sufficiently dissatisfied and have already made a change, whether between schools, to home-schooling, or with supplemental learning opportunities. In between is a third group of parents — those who are frustrated and have not yet made a change, but are looking to policymakers and education leaders for solutions.

New Solutions for Frustrated Parents: How Education Leaders Can Help offers four recommendations for policymakers and education leaders to address the discontent among parents as the 2021-22 school year comes to a close.

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Alex Cortez
Christine Wade

To make their ambitions a reality, to make the irrational actionable, and to move from a narrow theory of action to achieving a successful theory of population-level change, education entrepreneurs must consider working across three strategies for impact.

Rooted in promising practices from the education sector, A Pragmatic Playbook for Impact: Direct, Widespread, and Systemic is a practical resource for decision-makers to maximize their impact, further equity, and respond to the urgency of this moment amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Alex Spurrier
Michelle Croft
Juliet Squire
Andrew J. Rotherham

The Parent Perception Barometer brings clarity and context to conversations about what parents think about K-12 education. From parents’ high-level perceptions about their kids’ schools to concerns about academic progress and mental health, multiple data sources provide insight into these trends. Some of the data highlight topics about which parent opinion is more divided. There is no substitute for directly engaging with parents and families to understand what educational opportunities and support they need, but this tool serves as a starting point for those working to better understand aggregated parents’ views on K-12 education, the broader landscape, and how both are evolving as the pandemic progresses.