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Beach, Paul; Boone, Katrina; Squire, Juliet – Bellwether Education Partners, 2022
As schools across the country closed in March 2020 at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was not clear how long in-person education would be disrupted. The abrupt transition to remote learning was particularly challenging for districts in rural communities, many of which have long lacked reliable access to high-speed internet and…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Partnerships in Education, School Districts, Philanthropic Foundations
Foster, Kelly Robson; Graziano, Lynne; Squire, Juliet – Bellwether Education Partners, 2022
School districts across the country have long been finding ways to give greater autonomy to schools, theorizing that providing school leaders with authority over the decisions that most directly affect their students will enable them to better meet students' needs and, in turn, improve student outcomes. Charter schools, which are public schools…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Districts, Public Schools, Institutional Autonomy
Croft, Michelle; Squire, Juliet; Spurrier, Alex; Rotherham, Andrew J. – Bellwether Education Partners, 2022
Parents across the country continue to be concerned about their children's academic and social-emotional well-being. Some parents are sufficiently satisfied with their children's school and are content with a return to a pre-pandemic normal. Other parents are sufficiently dissatisfied and have already made a change, whether between schools, to…
Descriptors: Parent Attitudes, Leadership Responsibility, Parent School Relationship, Parent Participation
Dammu, Indira; O'Keefe, Bonnie – Bellwether Education Partners, 2022
English learners (ELs) are a fast-growing and diverse student population in the U.S. K-12 public school system. Representing more than 400 languages spoken, EL students bring rich linguistic and cultural traditions to their communities. To better understand education finance equity for EL students in the Southeast, this analysis focuses on nine…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Finance, Educational Equity (Finance), English Language Learners
Boone, Katrina; Beach, Paul; Squire, Juliet – Bellwether Education Partners, 2022
Whether in the western region of the state or the plains of the northeast corner, the ground has continued to shift under the feet of Colorado's rural charter school and district leaders. Efforts to understand the needs of Colorado's school communities early in the COVID-19 pandemic surfaced challenges with providing internet access, digital…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Charter Schools, Educational Finance, Private Financial Support
Spurrier, Alex; Graziano, Lynne; Robinson, Brian; Squire, Juliet – Bellwether Education Partners, 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way that families and policymakers view K-12 education. Learning loss is having an outsized impact on students who were furthest from opportunity before the pandemic. And families are increasingly looking for new educational options for their children. For decades, access to educational options…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Achievement Gains, COVID-19, Pandemics
Cortez, Alex; Wade, Christine – Bellwether Education Partners, 2022
Social entrepreneurs don't lack ambition. Being a social entrepreneur requires an irrational belief in the power of one's work to transform a world in dire need of change. Just look at the scale and degree of change embodied in any social impact organization's vision and mission statements about the transformation it aspires to create for the…
Descriptors: Entrepreneurship, Change Strategies, Models, Sustainability
Beach, Paul; Robinson, Brian; Korman, Hailly T. N.; Koehler, Linea – Bellwether Education Partners, 2022
Today, and on any given day in the U.S., tens of thousands of students are attending school behind bars. Juvenile justice education fails many of these students, resulting in a double punishment for youth: the punitive experience of incarceration for their alleged offense and the potentially catastrophic disruptions of their educational pathway.…
Descriptors: Correctional Education, Correctional Institutions, Institutionalized Persons, Juvenile Justice
Aldeman, Chad; Lewis, Brandon – Bellwether Education Partners, 2021
Do employees at public colleges and universities have better retirement benefits than K-12 employees? This is the central question in the new report "Choice and Quality Among Retirement Plans for Educators." To answer this question, we evaluate the quality of higher education and K-12 retirement plans using five key variables: (1)…
Descriptors: Teacher Retirement, Fringe Benefits, Debt (Financial), Decision Making
Kornack, Cody; LiBetti, Ashley – Bellwether Education Partners, 2021
The U.S. faces a confluence of crises: a pandemic, economic destabilization, and a long-coming reckoning with systemic and historic racism. The early childhood workforce is a linchpin to a stronger, more resilient future for our country, but educators are often under-prepared and under-supported. Published by the National Head Start Association in…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Educational Improvement
Spurrier, Alex; Hodges, Sara; Schiess, Jennifer O'Neal – Bellwether Education Partners, 2021
Public schools have long been considered a public good in America. But that ideal is far removed from the lives of millions of schoolchildren. Public school district doors are not always open to every student in a community. Instead, geographic boundaries of school districts mostly determine who is eligible to attend district schools -- limiting…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Districts, Access to Education, Equal Education
Rotherham, Andrew J.; Gold, Thomas – Bellwether Education Partners, 2021
Research shows that a diverse teacher workforce benefits all students -- especially historically underserved students in American education, in particular Black students. With a historic pool of federal education funds now available to help address the effects of the pandemic, school districts and states have a unique window of opportunity to…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Financial Support, Educational Finance, Diversity (Faculty)
Spurrier, Alex; Squire, Juliet; Rotherham, Andrew J. – Bellwether Education Partners, 2021
Families continue to struggle navigating a fluid K-12 education space since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and emergence of the Delta variant. Over the last 18 months, the parents of 10.8 million did not get what they wanted from their child's school -- representing nearly one in five U.S. schoolchildren. Many families' early concerns over…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, COVID-19, Pandemics, Family Attitudes
Lewis, Brandon; King, Melissa Steel; Schiess, Jennifer O'Neal – Bellwether Education Partners, 2020
In recent years, a new movement to raise awareness about early math learning has been growing in the U.S., driven by research showing that foundational math knowledge is more predictive of later success in school than nearly any other indicator, including literacy. This awareness of the importance of early math has led to an increasing focus among…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Young Children, Preschool Education
Trinidad, Justin; Korman, Hailly T. N. – Bellwether Education Partners, 2020
School choice was intended to expand options and equity, and it holds promise for many students with unique needs. But it is clear that no choice system can be equitable until all students have real access to those choices. More than 400,000 youth are currently in foster care in the United States, many of whom experience significant obstacles in…
Descriptors: Barriers, School Choice, Equal Education, Access to Education
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