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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

July 25, 2017
U.S. News & World Report -- There's no single reason people want more choice in education. 
June 27, 2017
Chad Aldeman, Max Marchitello, Kaitlin Pennington
The 2015 passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) ushered in a new era for state accountability systems.  ESSA provided states an opportunity...
May 2, 2017
Phillip Burgoyne-Allen, Jennifer O'Neal Schiess
Every day, nearly 25 million students ride a big yellow bus to school. These iconic vehicles are so entrenched in American school culture that their...
April 14, 2017
U.S. News & World Report -- The mistakes that sank Republicans on health care plague education reform, too.
March 16, 2017
U.S. News & World Report - President Trump's proposed education budget is an exceptional missed opportunity.

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...