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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

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...
January 30, 2019
Kaitlin Pennington McVey, Justin Trinidad
National dialogue about teacher shortages is skewed by a flawed view that the issue is one generic problem. Reports in the 1980s and ’90s predicted a...

Op-Eds

March 9, 2020
Too often, education leaders think of schools and programs serving students who have gaps in their education, who are early parents, who are...
February 25, 2020
Bellwether partner Andrew J. Rotherham interviewed polling expert and former white house Aide Greg Schneiders on the state of education in America./p...
January 7, 2020
Bellwether partner Andrew J. Rotherham was interviewed by Greg Richmond, formerly of Chicago Public Schools and more recently the National Alliance...

Blog Posts

January 13, 2022
Alex Spurrier
Scarcity is a familiar concept to economists, but most Americans don’t need to crack open a textbook to understand its impact right now....
November 16, 2021
Bonnie O'Keefe
Bellwether Education Partners’ series Splitting the Bill: Understanding Education Finance Equity gives advocates a crash course in the...
November 2, 2021
Bonnie O'Keefe
Bellwether Education Partners’ series Splitting the Bill: Understanding Education Finance Equity gives advocates a crash course in the...