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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

January 22, 2019
Ashley LiBetti, Phillip Burgoyne-Allen, Brandon Lewis, Kirsten Schmitz
Charter schools currently serve 3 million students in more than 7,000 schools across 44 states and Washington, D.C. And their reach continues to grow...
July 18, 2018
Ashley LiBetti, Justin Trinidad
Teaching is one of very few professions that expects new employees to be masters of their craft — where they handle all of the responsibilities of...
July 11, 2018
Jason Weeby
In February 2018, Bellwether released a white paper making the case that policy professionals can create better education policies by using human-...
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
For an updated version of this analysis, including data from both 2013-14 and 2015-16, see "Patterns and Trends in Educational Opportunity for...

Op-Eds

September 27, 2019
Thirty years ago today, former president George H.W. Bush convened the nation’s governors in Charlottesville, VA for the nation’s first, and to date...
February 21, 2018
This week, Bellwether’s Andrew J. Rotherham calls discussions about ESSA from our nation’s governors and ideas for progress on guns. But we want to...
February 15, 2018
We desperately need a new approach to the national gun debate.

Blog Posts

April 4, 2022
Michelle Croft
In the next few weeks, students across the country will begin taking their state’s end-of-year assessment. Despite rhetoric over the years...
March 17, 2022
Krista Kaput
For the last two years, state-level Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) accountability plans ​​— which provide critical information about...
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....