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When activists from the District and across the country gathered Tuesday at the U.S. Education Department to call for an end to school closures, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten issued a statement in solidarity: “It’s time to fix, not close, our schools,” she said.

A few miles away, Andy Smarick argued the opposite: it’s time to close, not fix, our schools.

New York Daily News: The new teachers contract in Newark has caused widespread celebration. It has earned praise from New Jersey’s governor and education commissioner, Newark’s mayor and superintendent, local and national labor leaders and many others. There seems to be a consensus that a new day has dawned for public education in this troubled city.

President Obama sparked much debate in Washington with his plan to grant states waivers from provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), conditional on their willingness to embrace certain reform proposals. State leaders have cheered the president’s decision to offer them much-needed relief from onerous requirements. Key Republican leaders have blasted the move as overstepping executive authority. Is the president right to issue conditional waivers? Are the conditions themselves a good idea? In this forum, Martha Derthick and Andy Rotherham weigh in.

New Bellwether – Aspen Institute program recognizes leaders working to improve the teaching profession and their own leadership skills

A new study shows the funding bias against non-traditional schools.

Kim Smith, educational entrepreneur, investor, and thought-leader, has agreed to share her perspective on the landscape and opportunities in edcuational investment.  Kim is co-founder of Bellwether Education Partners, a non-profit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students.

Panelists (including Bellwether's Andrew Rotherham) talked about public attitudes toward education policy in the United States. They focused on findings from two national research initiatives on attitudes toward public schools and student performance.

Sara Mead  is a senior associate partner at Bellwether Education Partners, and specializes In early childhood education issues, especially pre-K through third grade. We talked about the problems with current government policies regarding early childhood education, and how they can be remedied.