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Read the latest news articles and press releases about Bellwether below.

U.S. News & World Report -- Speculating about how many and what kind of students were opting out of standardized tests was a fun education parlor game this spring. Highly energized proponents claimed the opt-out movement was a diverse cross-section of public school students. Critics responded that, no, it was a movement of affluent white parents and not that many of them.

U.S. News & World Report -- The emerging teacher shortages in California and other states offer a warning about the future of the teaching profession. But they also create an opportunity for policymakers and preparation programs to fundamentally rethink how our nation recruits and trains teachers. Let's hope they rise to the challenge.

U.S. News & World Report -- Both charter schools and publicly funded pre-K can improve learning for children in poverty. Together, they have the potential to do even more to close the achievement gap for at-risk students. Yet policies in many states prevent charter schools from serving pre-K students. This is a huge missed opportunity – one that's only going to get worse as charters and pre-K continue to grow.

U.S. News & World Report -- An American spacecraft flew by Pluto on Tuesday morning to have a look around. That sentence was the stuff of science fiction when most of us were born. And that's not all. Last November, a European spacecraft landed on a comet. On a comet speeding through space! We've also been poking around Mars, and at the end of April a pathbreaking NASA mission to Mercury ended after four years of orbiting that planet.

U.S. News & World Report -- Head Start, the nation's biggest early childhood education program, could be in for some major changes. In June, the Federal Register published a "notice of proposed rulemaking" on the Head Start Performance Standards. Sounds like bureaucratic gobbledygook, right? But it's actually a big deal.

U.S. News & World Report -- An American spacecraft flew by Pluto on Tuesday morning to have a look around. That sentence was the stuff of science fiction when most of us were born. And that's not all. Last November, a European spacecraft landed on a comet. On a comet speeding through space! We've also been poking around Mars, and at the end of April a pathbreaking NASA mission to Mercury ended after four years of orbiting that planet.

U.S. News & World Report -- A growing number of kids are being served in state and locally funded pre-K programs. That's a good thing. But ensuring that all children enter school ready to succeed will require both expanded access in many communities and improvements in pre-K quality in most. Clearing up common misconceptions about state pre-K can help policymakers better address these challenges.

U.S. News & World Report -- Are charter schools – independently operated public schools – at an inflection point? While education advocates fought about Common Core and teacher evaluations charter schools continued to grow and now serve 6 percent of all American public school students. This growth, which is even more pronounced in some cities and states, is highlighting both the promise and challenges of charter schooling.

U.S. News & World Report -- Ultimately, students and communities are likely best served by a variety of options, including traditional neighborhood schools, charter schools that choose to backfill mid-year and in all grade levels, and some charter schools that do not. Variety, rather than uniformity, may be the best way to balance student interests and needs.

WASHINGTON—Bellwether Education Partners announced today that Tina Fernandez, who co-leads Bellwether’s Talent Services team, will become the founding executive director of Achieve Atlanta, a new organization dedicated to dramatically increasing the number of Atlanta Public School students graduating from college.

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