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Aldeman, Chad – Bellwether Education Partners, 2020
In response to financial pressures, the New York State Assembly has created new, less-generous retirement plans for teachers. Teachers and other education employees are enrolled in one of two plans, the Teachers' Retirement System of the City of New York (TRS) and the New York State Teachers' Retirement System (NYSTRS). How far have the benefits…
Descriptors: Teacher Employment Benefits, Retirement Benefits, Money Management, Teacher Salaries
Robson, Kelly; Squire, Juliet; Kaplan, Marnie – Bellwether Education Partners, 2020
Business leaders have long been engaged in all levels of education reform, but the economic crisis of the 1980s spurred a renewed sense of urgency and activity. Business leaders saw education as key to addressing many of the country's economic problems, including high unemployment, foreign competition, and declining productivity. As the economy…
Descriptors: School Business Relationship, Business, Advocacy, Educational Practices
Robson, Kelly; Schiess, Jennifer O'Neal; Burgoyne-Allen, Phillip – Bellwether Education Partners, 2020
Policymakers and researchers often talk about "autonomous schools" as if there's a single, agreed-upon definition of what that means. In reality, there's no standard design for autonomous school policies, and school autonomy can mean a lot of different things. The policies that states have enacted vary widely in terms of their goals, the…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Based Management, State Policy, Educational Policy
Robson, Kelly; Schiess, Jennifer O'Neal; Burgoyne-Allen, Phillip – Bellwether Education Partners, 2020
Policymakers and researchers often talk about "autonomous schools" as if there's a single, agreed-upon definition of what that means. In reality, there's no standard design for autonomous school policies, and school autonomy can mean a lot of different things. The policies that states have enacted vary widely in terms of their goals, the…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Based Management, State Policy, Educational Policy
Spurrier, Alex; Aldeman, Chad; Schiess, Jennifer O'Neal; Rotherham, Andrew J. – Bellwether Education Partners, 2020
This brief is part of a four-part series examining the past, present, and future of modern school accountability systems. With the dual forces of the COVID-19 pandemic and the national call to action on racial inequity, the question of how we should measure and hold schools accountable for the impact they have on students is more urgent than ever.…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Accountability, Educational History, Equal Education
Spurrier, Alex; Aldeman, Chad; Schiess, Jennifer O'Neal; Rotherham, Andrew J. – Bellwether Education Partners, 2020
This brief is part of a four-part series examining the past, present, and future of modern school accountability systems. With the dual forces of the COVID-19 pandemic and the national call to action on racial inequity, the question of how we should measure and hold schools accountable for the impact they have on students is more urgent than ever.…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Accountability, Equal Education, School Closing
Spurrier, Alex; Aldeman, Chad; Schiess, Jennifer O'Neal; Rotherham, Andrew J. – Bellwether Education Partners, 2020
This brief is part of a four-part series examining the past, present, and future of modern school accountability systems. With the dual forces of the COVID-19 pandemic and the national call to action on racial inequity, the question of how we should measure and hold schools accountable for the impact they have on students is more urgent than ever.…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Equal Education, Educational Policy
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
Graziano, Lynne; Aldeman, Chad – Bellwether Education Partners, 2020
In the past few years, there has been a surge of interest in expanding the scope of high schools. Shifting away from an earlier era that focused primarily on graduation rates and achievement tests, states have built a range of college- and career-readiness measures to track things like whether students are taking and passing advanced courses,…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Career Readiness, Track System (Education), High School Students
Aldeman, Chad – Bellwether Education Partners, 2020
For the last two decades, Ohio has given its new public school teachers choices among retirement plans. Early in their employment, they are handed a form that allows them to opt for a traditional pension plan, a 401(k)-style defined-contribution (DC) plan, or a plan that combines elements of each. If they make no affirmative decision at all--that…
Descriptors: Public School Teachers, Teacher Retirement, Teacher Employment Benefits, Retirement Benefits
LiBetti, Ashley; Squire, Juliet; Trinidad, Justin – Bellwether Education Partners, 2020
One of the greatest promises of the charter school movement has been the potential to create diverse school models to meet the varied needs of children, families, and communities. As policy makers and charter leaders have recognized the need to hold charters accountable for strong performance, however, there has been a move towards more…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Models, Student Needs, Accountability
LiBetti, Ashley; Schiess, Jennifer – Bellwether Education Partners, 2020
In Spring 2020, National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) convened a working group of authorizers and other stakeholders to learn more about the challenges they faced, given the data gaps caused by COVID-19, and to ask what guidance was needed for the sector to adapt to these unusual circumstances. Based on their feedback and…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Measurement Techniques, Educational Indicators, Data Collection
Kulesa, Amy Chen; LiBetti, Ashley; Squire, Juliet; Trinidad, Justin; Goldberg, Rebecca Gifford – Bellwether Education Partners, 2020
This toolkit informs school leaders about the authorizing challenges they may confront, illustrates opportunities and options for school leaders to navigate the authorizing process, and shares useful frameworks for considering the benefits and trade-offs of these options. The toolkit contains the following sections: (1) Strategies &…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Nontraditional Education, Accountability, Models
Kulesa, Amy Chen; LiBetti, Ashley; Squire, Juliet; Trinidad, Justin; Goldberg, Rebecca Gifford – Bellwether Education Partners, 2020
The goal of this toolkit is to shed light on the importance of authorizing nontraditional charter schools and how the challenges of authorizing nontraditional schools manifest in practice, as well as to provide action steps for authorizers and school leaders who are able and eager to lead the field on these complex issues. The toolkit contains the…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Nontraditional Education, Accountability, Models
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