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Ideas matter. In addition to our work with clients, Bellwether Education Partners generates and gathers ideas and policy solutions, analyzes ongoing reform efforts, and writes about and discusses education and education reform. We believe that the work we do to improve education for all students benefits from thought leadership, analysis, and thoughtful discourse around emerging ideas, in order to help challenge leaders and leading organizations to think differently and improve, to coordinate efforts where possible, to inform policymakers and improve the political and policy context, and to share successful approaches with the public education field at large.

Publication -- Concern about falling behind internationally is one of America’s most popular education anxieties.

Publication -- When it comes to education, we shouldn’t lionize states when they’re too often failing to fix our schools.

Publication -- Here are 11 reformers poised to shake things up even more in these tumultuous times.

Publication -- Once you cut through the blather on cable news, there is a real, if much less discussed, problem in that public schools are skittish about teaching much about religion.

Publication -- I spoke with the Hall of Famer turned school board member about his sympathy for parents who opt out of traditional public schools, why he never went to college and what qualifies him to help bring education reform to inner-city students.

Publication -- As America starts to grapple with its out-of-control spending habits, we as a nation really should reckon with our education costs.


The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided more than $100 billion in one-time funds for education—funds designated not just to patch holes in state and local budgets, but also to advance education reform. Based on data and interviews with organizations that worked with states and districts to help them make good use of ARRA funds, this paper identifies key themes and challenges in states' and districts' efforts to use ARRA to support reform, as well as implications for education policy and practice going forward.

Publication -- High school graduation rates are one of education’s perennial bad-news stories.

Publication -- What kind of credentials do you need to run a school district? Especially a really big one? Is a degree in education a better predictor of a superintendent’s success than, say, a track record of turning around distressed companies? These are hot questions in the education world right now.

Publication -- Teacher pensions may not sound like a sexy or even high-profile issue, but keep reading: they’re threatening the fiscal health of many states and could cost you — yes, you — thousands of dollars.