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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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    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- Newspapers and broadcast networks are sitting on a trove of material that can be converted into curriculum and sold — yes, sold — for use in our nation’s schools and universities.

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    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- Critics of tenure contend it has outlived its usefulness and is a poor fit for the modern university. Supporters counter that the intellectual independence it confers is essential to a culture of inquiry.

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    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- Is it finally the beginning of the end for No Child Left Behind?

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    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- Is it the best of times or end times for public charter schools?

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    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- Here are five things to know about this particularly mysterious aspect of college admissions.

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    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- Lately it’s become fashionable — especially among the highly credentialed — to question whether it’s really “worth it” to go to college.

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    By Kim Smith and Julie Petersen

    Although public education sorely needs innovation, the funding that accompanies it – whether through public agencies, philanthropic sources or private investors – rarely encourages such innovation to flourish. In this paper, education entrepreneur Kim Smith and innovation writer Julie Petersen explore the ways in which the public, private, and nonprofit sectors might steer their capital toward products, services, and approaches that improve educators’ productivity and students’ learning outcomes. By analyzing the way capital markets operate and drawing inspiration from social change efforts in other fields and countries, Smith and Petersen illustrate what a more “innovation-friendly” capital market would feature, such as agreed-upon goals and metrics for success, effective use of research and development (R&D), an emphasis on evidence-based decision making, and diverse sources of investment capital.

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    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- These two tectonic issues—our rocketing Hispanic population and the inadequate education of Hispanic students—are on a collision course that could either end in disaster or in another story of successful assimilation in America. The stakes are clear: How we meet this challenge will impact our politics, economy, and our society itself.

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    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- An enormous amount of energy and anxiety is expended in trying to get into college, but the truth is that the admissions process is much more haphazard than people like to think. The good news? In the long run, it’s generally less important too. Here are the five biggest myths about this annual angst-a-thon.

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    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- A new report being released today will add to the debate about the Knowledge Is Power Program or KIPP schools — a highly influential non-profit network of public schools serving low-income students.

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    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- Teacher effectiveness matters more to student learning than anything else schools do, and there are substantial differences between teachers.

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