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Alex Spurrier
Lynne Graziano
Brian Robinson
Juliet Squire

Cover page for Expanding Educational Options: Emergent Policy Trends.

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way that families and policymakers view K-12 education. Learning loss is having an outsized impact on students who were furthest from opportunity before the pandemic. And families are increasingly looking for new educational options for their children.

Expanding Educational Options: Emergent Policy Trends examines some of the most important trends in the realm of option-expanding state policies, along with recommendations to ensure that all families have equitable access to these educational opportunities.

Passing the Bill: How Can States Advance Equitable Education Finance?

February 3, 2022, 12 - 1 EST

Education finance sets the foundation for what is possible in schools. Creating greater equity in education finance can help to level the playing field for underserved students, but there are political barriers to change.

What is the political reality for creating, implementing, and improving equitable state school finance systems? Hear from legislators and advocates on their efforts to create more equitable funding for students in their states, what work still needs to be done, and lessons learned to ensure that finance and inequity no longer shortchange students.




  • Click here to register for the Feb. 3, 2022 webinar from 12 to 1 p.m. EST.


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Alex Spurrier
Sara Hodges
Jennifer O’Neal Schiess

Cover page for Priced Out of Public Schools Report.

Public schools are designed to provide every student with an equal opportunity to achieve the American dream. In reality, that ideal is removed from the lives of millions of K-12 schoolchildren. Geographic school district boundaries and the rental housing market limit options for students with the highest needs while benefiting more affluent families in far too many communities across the country.

Priced Out of Public Schools: District Lines, Housing Access, and Inequitable Educational Options, a new report by Bellwether Education Partners, examines the relationships among rental housing access, per-pupil funding, and school district boundaries in the 200 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S.


In October 2020, “Missing in the Margins: Estimating the Scale of the COVID-19 Attendance Crisis” estimated that as many as 3 million K-12 students were at high risk of experiencing minimal or no educational access from spring through fall 2020 as a result of the pandemic. That number became a shorthand for understanding the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on America’s students, particularly those furthest from opportunity.

Fast-forward one year later, and available data on 2020-21 enrollment, attendance, and engagement suggest massive missed learning opportunities, especially among the most marginalized students.