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  • Publication
    Lars D. Johnson
    Ashley LiBetti Mitchel
    Andrew J. Rotherham

    Many administrators and educators in rural America believe federal education policy is not designed for rural districts, and that consideration of policy’s unique impact on rural districts is not a priority.

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    Andrew J. Rotherham
    Chad Aldeman

    The Washington Post - Many state teacher pension plans and retirement systems are unsustainable. Yet trying to fix the funding gap by throwing up obstacles and making the plans stingier ignores the main purpose of retirement plans in the first place: to offer all workers a path to an attractive and secure retirement.

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    Andrew J. Rotherham
    Ashley LiBetti Mitchel

    The past decade saw unprecedented progress on teacher quality. Policymakers came to embrace two key research-based ideas: teachers are the single most important in-school factor for student achievement, and traditional methods of measuring teacher quality have little to no bearing on actual student learning. ...


    In Genuine Progress, Greater Challenges: A Decade of Teacher Effectiveness Reforms, Andrew J. Rotherham and Ashley LiBetti Mitchel analyze what spurred the past decade of progress in teacher quality policy, today’s status quo, and what corrections and next steps policymakers and philanthropists should take.

  • Publication
    By Chad Aldeman and Andrew J. Rotherham

    Saving for retirement is a nationwide problem — a recent study found that 92 percent of households do not meet retirement savings targets for their age and income. Yet for most workers, public policies are not the root cause of their lack of savings. For public school teachers, however, poorly structured policies put in place over the past few decades by states and cities can exacerbate their retirement insecurity.

  • Publication
    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    USA Today -- Most non-New Yorkers know only two things about Bill de Blasio, the city’s new progressive mayor: He eats pizza with a knife and fork, and Al Roker attacked him for sending students to school in a snowstorm. But parents should know a third: He's waging a Democrat vs. Democrat battle over education issues that could spill into the 2016 Democratic presidential primary and into your community.

  • Publication
    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- What does the renewed push for vouchers mean for our education system? That is of course a matter of debate. Proponents and opponents make a lot of overblown claims about what vouchers will or won’t do. But with a number of programs already in force, we actually know quite a bit about how they work. So, if this debate comes to a school system near you, here are five claims every parent should be skeptical about.

  • Publication
    By J.B. Schramm, Chad Aldeman, Andrew Rotherham, Rachael Brown and Jordan Cross

    As more students have attended and completed higher education, experts have repeatedly predicted this would create an over-abundance of college-educated workers. But the exact opposite has happened. Through economic upturns and downturns, including the recent recession, a college education remains the best insurance policy against shifting labor markets, unemployment, and under-employment.

  • Publication
    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- Why our policies for good students really aren't that smart.

  • Publication
    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- Federal guidelines don't mandate new teams, but could lead to a more inclusive society.

  • Publication
    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- Even out of office, the President is still promoting education reform.

  • Publication
    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- School reform is a political hot potato, and the former Florida governor can’t get enough of it.

  • Publication
    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- Results across the country show the fragility of the reform agenda.

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