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    Kelly Robson Foster
    Lynne Graziano
    Juliet Squire

    In Massachusetts, state leaders created the Horace Mann charter school model as a hybrid between the charter and district sectors: These schools have much of the same flexibility as charter schools but are approved by, and remain part of, their local school districts.

    Horace Mann Charter Schools: Their Past, Present, and Promise analyzes the extent to which the Horace Mann school model lives up to its founding legislation, and outlines a set of recommendations to better support its success as well as incorporate the model into strategies for district improvement.

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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.

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    Ashley LiBetti
    Lynne Graziano
    Jennifer O’Neal Schiess

    COVID-19 has altered education as we know it, and no one school has found the perfect approach to distance learning. However, some schools more quickly adopted promising practices in response to common challenges, offering lessons for other schools seeking to improve their distance learning models.

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    Lynne Graziano
    Chad Aldeman

    As more schools prepare students for a high school diploma and college and career readiness, how are states tracking the effectiveness of these programs? Are states tracking the right measures, like whether students are taking and passing advanced courses, completing industry certifications, or pursuing other work-based learning opportunities?

  • Publication
    Kelly Robson
    Juliet Squire
    Lynne Graziano

    "Fairness in Facilities" takes a look at recent district and charter school construction projects in three Idaho communities and finds that charter schools are building facilities at a similar cost per square foot as district schools, but at a much lower cost per seat. Moreover, the facilities funding that public schools have access to is not equal across the sector.
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  • Publication
    Lynne Graziano
    Jason Weeby
    Tanya Paperny
    Sara Mead

    How do you build a continuously improving system of schools? Eight Cities is a new website from Bellwether Education Partners that provides stories from education leaders in eight cities who have moved more students into better schools.

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