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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

February 16, 2017
Education Next - As states and cities turn the page on that particular set of reforms, I wanted to pause and reflect on what we can learn from the...
February 8, 2017
The 74 Million - For years, attorney and former teacher Hailly Korman has advocated on behalf of America’s most at-risk kids. But she’s never been...
February 2, 2017
USA Today -- Education nominee is losing Senate support over a reform agenda that won't help areas Trump won.
January 26, 2017
U.S. News & World Report -- Data on public schools paints a complicated picture, and our policy discussions should reflect that.
January 24, 2017
Hechinger Report -- President Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos — a Michigan philanthropist and school choice advocate — for Secretary of Education...

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...