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Chad Aldeman

Are teachers losing out on thousands of dollars in potential extra pay because states are behind on maintaining pensions?

Sara Mead

An important report on state-funded pre-K nationally showcases the need for more data on locally driven pre-K programs.

Sara Mead

It's time to start talking about the fact that full-time child care costs more than public university tuition in a majority of states.

Andrew J. Rotherham

Lawsuits serve political purposes regardless of how things play out in court. With today's new wave of education lawsuits, that's part of the strategy and another reason to expect more. See you in court.

Sara Mead

Over the next decade, states, school districts and local communities are going to continue to expand access to preschool and other early childhood programs. This work will be slow and inconsistent, but the direction is clear. The question is whether the resulting programs will be any good. The answer is that they can be – but only if we stop fighting about whether pre-K works and instead work to understand the policies and provider practice that support quality at scale.

Andrew J. Rotherham

Unpaid internships are a luxury of the economically fortunate – it's time to start leveling the playing field.

Sara Mead

Organizational restructuring at Teach For America illustrates larger changes underway in the public education landscape.

Kelly Robson
Andy Smarick

Over the last 50 years, thousands of Catholic schools have closed, most in low-income urban neighborhoods. Many of the remaining schools struggle with maintaining enrollment, attracting and retaining top-tier educators, and making financial ends meet. Because these challenges are the result of long-term shifts in city demographics, societal conditions, and urban K‒12 public policies, it would seem that there is little that Catholic-school leaders can do to stem the tide. The forecast has been bleak.

Sara Mead

Are charter schools public schools? At least one presidential candidate seems unsure: Sen. Bernie Sanders recently told an Ohio audience, “I believe in public education, and I believe in public charter schools. I do not believe in private – privately controlled charter schools.”

Andrew J. Rotherham

Underneath the easy bromides about staying in school, absenteeism is a complicated collision of issues around personal economics, academic and other student needs, and the increasing desire of parents for more customization in schools. As such, it’s broadly illustrative of the larger challenges facing public schools. It’s also an opportunity.

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