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Federal Education Policy

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Although the federal government contributes less than 10 percent of the funding for K-12 schools — the rest comes from a mix of state and local funding — the federal role in our nation’s schools has grown over time. Federal policies play a particularly important role in protecting the rights of and advancing educational equity for historically disadvantaged students, including students of color, students with disabilities, low-income students, and dual-language learners.

Bellwether conducts original research and analysis to inform recommendations for federal education policies. Our work also seeks to build understanding of the evolution of federal education policy and the intersection between national priorities and state and local implementation efforts. We provide advice to states, districts, funders, and others seeking to understand how federal policies affect their work.

The content below reflects our work on this issue:

Publications

June 1, 2018
Kelly Robson, Kaitlin Pennington, Juliet Squire
Teachers’ unions are a powerful force in local, state, and federal politics, but Janus vs. the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal...
May 15, 2018
Hailly T.N. Korman , Alexander Brand
Every two years, the Office for Civil Rights, a division of the U.S. Department of Education, conducts a civil rights data collection that includes...
April 25, 2018
Kelly Robson, Hailly T.N. Korman
At any given moment in time, our nation’s social service agencies are caring for approximately 5 million children and youth. These children show up...
February 27, 2018
Jason Weeby
Human-centered design is an approach to creating solutions for problems and opportunities through a focus on the needs, contexts, behaviors, and...
January 10, 2018
The 74 Million -- 2018 will be ESSA’s most important year yet.

Blog Posts

January 11, 2017
Juliet Squire
In yet another illustration of his selective embrace of conservative precepts, President-Elect Trump has proposed an expanded federal role...
May 31, 2016
Hailly Korman
Last week marked 62 years since the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, and our public schools are by and large, as...
April 11, 2016
Kaitlin Pennington
Teacher quality policy was all but forgotten in the recent reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESSA). But...