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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.

Sara Mead

Here's an idea you won't likely hear from the 2016 presidential candidates, but probably should: The United States needs a new, cabinet-level federal agency focused on children and families.

Andrew J. Rotherham

What we shouldn't do, though, on any issue is pretend there are not consequences to various choices. Bold ambition for impact later or incremental progress now? There are few win-wins and we do kids, especially the most vulnerable, no favors when we wish away the tradeoffs around various choices and strategies.

Sara Mead

With the recent passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act , states now have the opportunity to replace their No Child Left Behind accountability systems with new accountability systems that include multiple indicators of performance. In doing so, states should take advantage of the opportunity to learn from the accountability and performance management strategies developed by innovative and high-performing charter authorizers.

Andrew J. Rotherham

Bottom line? You'll hear about education this year but it will have little impact on the election and only the most diehard advocates will pretend otherwise. The real action, though, will start after the voting in November and will matter to the education sector and America more than you might think from its treatment in the campaign.

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