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Michael Griffith; Dion Burns – Learning Policy Institute, 2024
In the 2022-23 school year, Arizona began implementation of a "universal voucher" program through which all school-age students are eligible for a voucher, and families can use public funding to underwrite private or homeschool education for their children. Universal vouchers in Arizona are an expansion of the existing Empowerment…
Descriptors: Educational Vouchers, Educational Finance, Scholarships, Empowerment
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Laura E. Hernández; Eddie Rivero – Learning Policy Institute, 2024
While research indicates that relationship-centered environments support student learning and success, it has been difficult to redesign secondary schools based on the factory model in ways that center relationships, particularly at the secondary level. This brief to the full report focuses on efforts to advance relationship-centering schooling in…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Secondary Schools, High School Students, Relationship
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Klevan, Sarah; Daniel, Julia; Fehrer, Kendra; Maier, Anna – Learning Policy Institute, 2023
Across the United States, policymakers, educators, and community members increasingly support community schools as a method of supporting whole child outcomes. Oakland Unified School District (Oakland Unified) in California has made whole child education central to its community schools initiative. Oakland Unified's community schools provide a…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Holistic Approach, Educational Change, Child Development
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Klevan, Sarah; Daniel, Julia; Fehrer, Kendra; Maier, Anna – Learning Policy Institute, 2023
Across the United States, policymakers, educators, and community members increasingly support community schools as a method of supporting whole child outcomes. Oakland Unified School District (Oakland Unified) in California has made whole child education central to its community schools initiative. Oakland Unified's community schools provide a…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Holistic Approach, Educational Change, Child Development
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Badrinarayan, Aneesha; Darling-Hammond, Linda – Learning Policy Institute, 2023
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) invited states to use multiple measures of "higher-order thinking skills and understanding," including "extended-performance tasks," to create state assessment systems that support teaching for deeper learning. However, few states have been able to navigate federal assessment requirements…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Federal Government, Government Role, State Government
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Badrinarayan, Aneesha; Darling-Hammond, Linda – Learning Policy Institute, 2023
There is a growing call to reconsider current approaches to national and state assessment system policies and practices. State and local education agency leaders, educators, community leaders, and advocates have voiced concerns that current state assessment systems--defined primarily by end-of-year multiple-choice tests--are unable to meet…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Federal Government, Government Role, State Government
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Bland, Jennifer A.; Wojcikiewicz, Steven K.; Darling-Hammond, Linda; Wei, Wesley – Learning Policy Institute, 2023
Systemic challenges for the Texas teacher workforce result from a large yearly demand for new teachers, exacerbated by high and climbing teacher attrition rates. As a result of these challenges, a large majority of new teachers are now hired before they complete preparation. Assigned disproportionately to students from low-income families and…
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Career Pathways, Teacher Shortage, Teacher Persistence
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Bland, Jennifer A.; Wojcikiewicz, Steven K.; Darling-Hammond, Linda; Wei, Wesley – Learning Policy Institute, 2023
This report summarizes teacher workforce challenges and recent initiatives in Texas that are shaping the state of the educator workforce in important ways. Ongoing teacher shortages have led to the creation of a wide range of pathways into the profession, featuring varying types and amounts of training. A growing body of research demonstrates that…
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Career Pathways, Teacher Shortage, Teacher Persistence
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Espinoza, Daniel; Griffith, Michael; Burns, Dion; Shields, Patrick M. – Learning Policy Institute, 2023
Approximately 1.3 million public school students in the United States were identified as experiencing some form of homelessness in 2019-20. Due to their unstable living situations, students experiencing homelessness often have additional educational, social, emotional, and material needs compared to their stably housed peers. Housing instability…
Descriptors: Homeless People, At Risk Students, Student Needs, Barriers
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Espinoza, Daniel; Griffith, Michael; Burns, Dion; Shields, Patrick M. – Learning Policy Institute, 2023
Approximately 1.3 million public school students in the United States were identified by their schools or districts as experiencing some form of homelessness in 2019-20. The housing instability faced by these students is associated with a range of acute needs, including transportation, food security, health care, and emotional and mental health.…
Descriptors: Students, Public Schools, Homeless People, Student Experience
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Maier, Anna; Rivera-Rodriguez, Adrian – Learning Policy Institute, 2023
The community schools strategy transforms a school into a place where educators, local community members, families, and students work together to strengthen conditions for student learning and healthy development. As partners, they organize in- and out-of-school resources, supports, and opportunities so that young people thrive. A growing number…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Educational Strategies, State Policy, Investment
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DePaoli, Jennifer; McCombs, Jennifer – Learning Policy Institute, 2023
A rise in the number of school shootings over time has driven increasing attention to school safety. However, school shootings are not the only physical safety threat students may encounter at school. Other types of violence include sexual assault, robbery, physical attack or fights, and threats of physical attack (with or without a weapon). In…
Descriptors: Violence, School Safety, Aggression, Crime
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Leung-Gagné, Melanie; Wang, Victoria; Melnick, Hanna; Mauerman, Chris – Learning Policy Institute, 2023
In 2021, California committed to providing universal prekindergarten (UPK) for all 4-year-olds and income-eligible 3-year-olds by 2025-26. UPK includes several early learning programs, including transitional kindergarten (TK), the California State Preschool Program (CSPP), Head Start, and expanded learning opportunities to provide full-day early…
Descriptors: School Districts, Educational Planning, Preschool Education, Access to Education
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Patrick, Susan Kemper; Darling-Hammond, Linda; Kini, Tara – Learning Policy Institute, 2023
High-quality teacher preparation is a critical building block of an effective and stable teacher workforce. In California, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) currently oversees teacher preparation programs (TPPs) at more than 100 institutions, and these programs graduate more than 10,000 teacher candidates per year. Over the past…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Career Readiness, Credentials, Student Attitudes
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Patrick, Susan Kemper; Darling-Hammond, Linda; Kini, Tara – Learning Policy Institute, 2023
Over the past decade, California has revised its standards for teacher preparation and credentialing and invested in high-retention pathways for entering teaching. As part of its new accreditation system, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) administers surveys to program completers who apply for their preliminary teaching…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Career Readiness, Credentials, Student Attitudes
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