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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 -- A seasoned negotiator who in the past has succeeded in passing education laws, he could hold sway over policymaking in Washington. But in many ways, his views about education matter less than the question of what he can accomplish given the fractious caucus he will be leading.

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    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- America has spent decades trying different strategies to bring low-income students to good schools. Perhaps it’s time to acknowledge the limitations of those approaches and double-down on the most promising efforts to bring good schools to students who need them.

  • Publication
    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- Effective principals can attract and retain good teachers while poor leadership has the opposite effect.

  • Publication
    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- The best charter schools significantly and consistently outperform the averages, and they have a lot in common with each other in their ethos and operations.

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    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- Waiting for ‘Superman’ is a hard-hitting documentary that lays bare many of America’s education problems. But despite all the attention it’s bringing to education, there are still more reasons to bet against reform than for it.

  • Publication
    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- If the Facebook founder wants his gift to make a real impact, he’d be wise to study up on all the education grantmaking that precedes him. It offers some sobering cautions and some big lessons. Here are the five biggest.

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    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- What does “value-added” mean, anyway?

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    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- Fenty’s loss to City Council Chairman Vincent Gray leaves in doubt not only the status of Washington’s revolutionary school chancellor, Michelle Rhee, but the national momentum for her brand of ambitious -- and aggressive -- education reform.

  • Publication
    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- Today states, school districts, and in some cases individual schools are allowed to set both their academic standards and the tests to determine whether students are reaching them.

  • Media

    Panelists (including Bellwether's Andrew Rotherham) talked about public attitudes toward education policy in the United States. They focused on findings from two national research initiatives on attitudes toward public schools and student performance.

  • Media

    Sara Mead  is a senior associate partner at Bellwether Education Partners, and specializes In early childhood education issues, especially pre-K through third grade. We talked about the problems with current government policies regarding early childhood education, and how they can be remedied.

  • Publication
    By Chad Aldeman and Andrew J. Rotherham

    Education Sector -- Policymakers are beginning to take note of the fiscal problems in teacher retirement systems. States have recently taken action by raising retirement ages, lowering benefit payments, and reducing cost-of-living adjustments. These are small steps toward shoring up the system to help ensure that it remains sustainable in the future.

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