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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 23, 2019
Phillip Burgoyne-Allen, Katrina Boone, Juliet Squire , Jennifer O’Neal Schiess
Every day, America’s fleet of roughly 480,000 school buses transports about a third of students to and from school. This fleet is more than twice the...
March 5, 2019
Ashley LiBetti
Leading by Exemplar: Data Utilization in Head Start Programs provides in-depth information about the data utilization practices of five high-...
March 5, 2019
Ashley LiBetti
Leading by Exemplar: Instructional Models in Head Start Programs provides in-depth information about the instructional models of five high-performing...
March 5, 2019
Ashley LiBetti
Leading by Exemplar: Lessons from Head Start Programs is a synthesis of findings drawn from an in-depth analysis of five high-performing Head Start...
March 5, 2019
Ashley LiBetti
Leading by Exemplar: Case Studies of Head Start Programs is an in-depth analysis of five high-performing Head Start programs from across the country...

Blog Posts

March 19, 2020
Sara Mead
Why do Bernie Sanders and some of his primary rivals think it’s good for government to fund community-based, nonprofit organizations to...
March 3, 2020
Juliet Squire and Phillip Burgoyne-Allen
When asked about charter schools at last week’s Democratic debate in South Carolina, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg hedged,...
February 5, 2020
Alex Spurrier
Under previous administrations, K-12 policy segments of the State of the Union tended to focus on how the federal government would broadly...