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Molnar, Alex; Miron, Gary; Gulosino, Charisse; Shank, Christopher; Davidson, Caryn; Barbour, Michael; Huerta, Luis; Shafter, Sheryl Rankin; Rice, Jennifer King; Nitkin, David – National Education Policy Center, 2017
In the five years since the first National Education Policy Center (NEPC) "Annual Report on Virtual Education" was released in 2013, virtual education has continued to be a focal point for policymakers. Proponents argue that virtual education can expand student choices and improve the efficiency of public education. In particular,…
Descriptors: Virtual Classrooms, Blended Learning, Public Schools, Traditional Schools
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Sunderman, Gail L.; Coghlan, Erin; Mintrop, Rick – National Education Policy Center, 2017
This brief investigates whether closing schools and transferring students for the purpose of remedying low performance is an option educational decision makers should pursue. The logic of closing schools in response to low student performance goes like this: By closing low-performing schools and sending students to better-performing ones, student…
Descriptors: School Closing, Academic Achievement, School Effectiveness, Transfer Students
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Oakes, Jeannie; Maier, Anna; Daniel, Julia – National Education Policy Center, 2017
This brief examines the research on community schools, with two primary emphases. First, it explores whether the 2015 federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) opens the possibility of investing in well-designed community schools to meet the educational needs of low-achieving students in high-poverty schools. And second, it provides support to…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Educational Improvement, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation
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Scott, Janelle; Moses, Michele S.; Finnigan, Kara S.; Trujillo, Tina; Jackson, Darrell D. – National Education Policy Center, 2017
Systemic violence and disparate school discipline policies hinder equitable, just, and safe schooling. They also restrict access to social opportunities and civil liberties. Research shows that schooling contexts and social policies set up the conditions for young people of color to experience violence in regularized, systematic, and destructive…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Race, Racial Factors, Social Influences
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Daniel, Julia – National Education Policy Center, 2017
Community schools have gained attention as mechanisms to bring about equitable access to high-quality educational resources, extended learning time and opportunities, integrated student supports, and collaborative engaging relationships with parents and communities. In order to effectively create conditions that provide equitable access to such…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Partnerships in Education, Access to Education, Educational Change
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Welner, Kevin – National Education Policy Center, 2017
In this Policy Memo, the author considers the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's newest effort, focused on "Networks for School Improvement," and how this initiative can learn from the Foundation's own past initiatives as well as from research evidence more generally. The author worries that in K-12 education, the Foundation has…
Descriptors: Educational Opportunities, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, Policy Analysis
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Boninger, Faith; Molnar, Alex; Murray, Kevin – National Education Policy Center, 2017
As schools continue to integrate technologies into every aspect of school life, those technologies are being harnessed to amplify corporate marketing and profit-making, extending the reach of commercializing activities into every aspect of students' school lives. Although marketers' school-focused efforts are often billed as "innovative"…
Descriptors: Commercialization, Privacy, Educational Policy, Marketing
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Santoro, Doris A. – National Education Policy Center, 2017
The Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA) directs states and districts to identify equity gaps in students' access to excellent educators and transformative school leaders. States are encouraged to use Title II funds strategically in order to identify and remedy these gaps. A new report from The Education Trust draws on ESSA documents and state…
Descriptors: Teacher Competencies, Teacher Effectiveness, Equal Education, Minority Group Students
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Bruecker, Ellie – National Education Policy Center, 2017
In 2013, Wisconsin's legislature added a statewide voucher program to the existing voucher programs in Milwaukee and Racine. The state expanded the statewide program in 2015 and changed the funding mechanism of the program so that its cost was borne by local school districts. The program is already distributing tens of millions of dollars to pay…
Descriptors: Educational Vouchers, Educational Finance, State Programs, School Choice
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Cochran-Smith, Marilyn; Burton, Stephani; Carney, Molly Cummings; Sánchez, Juan Gabriel; Miller, Andrew F. – National Education Policy Center, 2017
Bellwether Education Partners' report, "A New Agenda," calls for a "rational" and "rigorous" research agenda for teacher education. Although the report's rationale is not fully explicated, it asserts that programs are "blindly swinging from one popular reform to the next" and that decades of input- and…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Politics of Education, Social Influences, Educational Research
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Cordes, Sarah A. – National Education Policy Center, 2017
A common argument leveled against charter schools is that they attract the most motivated and intelligent students from already struggling public schools. Marcus Winters seeks to examine this claim, known as "cream-skimming," by comparing the performance of New York City's (NYC) charter middle schools with a set of traditional selective…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Public Schools, Urban Schools, School Effectiveness
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Huerta, Luis A.; Koutsavlis, Steven – National Education Policy Center, 2017
This report asserts that tax credit scholarship programs, that distribute scholarships to students via Scholarship Tuition Organizations (STOs), have saved state treasuries between $1.7 and $3.4 billion dollars since 1998. The report argues that these programs are able to realize fiscal savings as a result of students leaving public schools and…
Descriptors: Private Schools, School Choice, Tax Credits, Scholarships
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Roy, Joydeep; Mathis, William J. – National Education Policy Center, 2017
A recent report from EdChoice documents two staffing trends in public schools. After a temporary pause during the Great Recession, school staffing in the U.S. resumed an upward trajectory, and hiring tilted toward non-teaching personnel as compared to teachers. The report concludes that staffing growth outpaces enrollment growth and that there has…
Descriptors: Public Schools, United States History, Educational History, Personnel Selection
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Wilson, Terri S. – National Education Policy Center, 2017
"Better Evidence, Better Choices, Better Schools," a recent report from the Center for American Progress and the Knowledge Alliance, focuses on the evidence-based research provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA provisions ask districts and schools to consider various sources of evidence, make judgments about the…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Educational Practices, Educational Improvement, Educational Legislation
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Cochran-Smith, Marilyn; Baker, Megina; Chang, Wen-Chia; Fernández, M. Beatriz; Keefe, Elizabeth Stringer – National Education Policy Center, 2017
Based on a review of GPA and SAT/ACT requirements at 221 institutions in 25 states, a new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) recommends that states, institutions of higher education, and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) maintain or establish a higher bar for entry into teacher preparation…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Admission Criteria, Research Problems, Educational Research
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