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Learn more about Bellwether’s work by reading our publications, news articles, press releases, and case studies.

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    U.S. News & World Report -- 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.

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    U.S. News & World Report -- 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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    U.S. News & World Report -- For students in states with leaders who are deeply committed to equity and prepared to stand up to the myriad special interests in the education sector on behalf of students the new policy could be a win. There is plenty of room for innovation.

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    U.S. News & World Report -- Around the country students are calling for changes at colleges and universities. Some of the demands for change are more than reasonable – if not overdue. Others clearly trample free speech and are out of place in an intellectual environment. But one protest stands out – the actions of the some of the University of Missouri's football team.

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    Girls shouldn't have to shop in the boys' section to find durable, outdoor-friendly, livable clothing.

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    U.S. News & World Report -- SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK, Va. – It's not every day you see a White House initiative play out in real time with everyone happy about it. Actually these days, do you ever? But there it was: High in Virginia's mountains families hiked, picnicked and played under a cloudless blue sky on a crisp October Sunday. The mountain foliage was already spectacular and for some a fall visit to see it was an annual tradition.

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    U.S. News & World Report -- For education companies, the costs of going public often outweigh the benefits.

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    U.S. News & World Report -- What Arne Duncan's resignation means for the education debate, 2016 election and beyond.

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    U.S. News & World Report -- Today's pension policy is making it extra hard for young teachers to save for retirement.

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    U.S. News & World Report -- Many schools with old Confederate names are also failing to adequately teach their students.

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    Sara Mead
    Ashley LiBetti Mitchel
    Andrew J. Rotherham

    During the past decade, the number of students attending charter schools more than tripled to nearly 3 million, or 6 percent, of students nationally, and charters are playing an even more prominent role in educating students in some of nation’s largest urban communities.

    Despite this growing role in U.S. public education, the debate about charter schools continues to be plagued by outdated information, misconceptions, and myths.

    A new analysis from Bellwether Education Partners brings together the most recent data on charter schools from a variety of sources to provide a comprehensive picture of the current state of the charter school movement in the United States.

    Read more...

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    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.

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