Publications and Media | Bellwether Education Partners Skip to main content

Publications and Media

News and Press

You are here

Publications & Media

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

  • Media

    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.

  • Media

    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.

  • Media

    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.

  • Media

    U.S. News & World Report -- Chris Christie, New Jersey's bombastic governor, made waves last Thursday when he announced that his views on the Common Core education standards had evolved. Once a vocal proponent of the standards more than 40 states have adopted, Christie now wants New Jersey to go its own way.

  • Media

    U.S. News & World Report -- It was like I was living an anti-testing blog post. My daughters were stressed and anxious about the upcoming state test. But here's the thing: They were first graders at the time, so they didn't even have to take the test for two more years. We live in a state where the elementary school tests don't start until third grade and are not consequential for kids anyway (and in practice carry little consequence for the adults, either).

  • Media

    U.S. News & World Report -- The Senate's bipartisan education reform plan would undermine the goal of education equality.

  • Media

    U.S. News & World Report -- For a lot of young people spring weather is just another reminder that high school is basically over and it’s OK to check out. I attended a well-regarded suburban high school and still spent too much of my senior spring skipping school to ski, hike, hang out at a local waterfall and do some less wholesome things I’ll probably deny if my own kids ask about them.

  • Media

    U.S. News & World Report -- What’s in this spring in public education? Apparently it’s students opting out of state standardized tests.

  • Media

    U.S. News & World Report -- One of the interesting things about my job is that wealthy people ask me for ideas about how best to use their resources to improve America’s schools. There are plenty of important issues demanding attention: overhauling the sorry state of teacher preparation and teacher policy (I wrote an entire guidebook about that), giving low-income Americans more educational choice and improving educational finance are three obvious ones.

  • Media

    U.S. News & World Report -- It’s frustrating when college administrators say they can’t really do a lot to boost graduation rates for first-in-family college students or poor students. The challenges are real, but a short walk down to the athletic department reveals some strategies that are working.

  • Media

    U.S. News & World Report -- Let's stipulate that it would be better all around if Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker had finished college – especially because he apparently came close to graduating from Marquette. It would be better for his advisers, because issues besides Walker’s non-degree might get attention.

  • Media

    U.S. News & World Report -- The education reform world is increasingly obsessed with “diversity.” Organizations and individuals are struggling to ensure people with different racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds have a place in the conversation about how to improve our schools.

Pages