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Stillings Candal, Cara – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2022
This report summarizes the findings of MA DESE's 2020 review of the Boston Public Schools, highlighting key findings around the teaching and learning, operational, financial, and enrollment challenges the state identified. It also describes why, according to the report, BPS persistently struggles in these areas and how its struggles negatively…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Administration, School Effectiveness, School Districts
Young, Julie; Donovan, Bill – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2022
After schools closed in March of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students, families and teachers had to shift learning from in-class to online. But the switch to remote learning was hasty and disorganized in many school districts. Families struggled with the technology and coordinating schedules at home, while teachers tried to shift the…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, School Closing, Online Courses
Young, Julie; Donovan, William – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2022
Digital learning, the use of computers and the internet to study courses taught in the classroom, is viewed by many educators as a breakthrough to helping those at-risk students stay in school and earn their diplomas. The flexibility afforded by digital learning, with students working on their own time at their own pace, is a way for students to…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, At Risk Students, Online Courses
Candal, Cara Stillings – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2022
This report finds that Massachusetts provides fewer options for students to be educated outside their assigned school districts than most other states do, and educational savings accounts (ESAs) offer an effective tool for giving students additional opportunities. Author Cara Candal proposes two potential ESA programs for Massachusetts.
Descriptors: Money Management, Banking, Educational Vouchers, School Choice
Randall, David – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2022
This report, intended primarily for civics reformers considering how best to defend and improve traditional American civics education, surveys a selection of different civics offerings, both the traditional and the radical. Surveyed providers include organizations such as the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, We the People, and Hillsdale…
Descriptors: Civics, Citizenship Education, Educational Change, Partnerships in Education
Heuer, William; Donovan, William – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2021
This paper focuses on the increase in families who have chosen to homeschool their children in grades K-12 since the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic. This update includes interviews with families who opted to homeschool their children in the conventional approach, rather than continue with the hasty remote learning that educators tried to transfer…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, COVID-19, Pandemics, Home Schooling
Donovan, William – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2021
For many years the co-operative education program at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in Boston has fallen short of supporters' hopes for it. The number of students it placed in paid jobs with local employers was often below that of co-op programs at other career vocational technical education (CVTE) schools and mostly focused on…
Descriptors: Vocational High Schools, High School Students, Cooperative Programs, Job Training
Olson, Tom; Kriegel, Nancy; McConnell, Kate – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2021
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides services to students who have disabilities. These IDEA-funded services are afforded to students between the ages of 3 and 21 who attend not only public schools (including charter schools), but also private schools. IDEA contains comprehensive guidelines on 3 processes which, by…
Descriptors: Federal State Relationship, Federal Aid, Special Education, Private Schools
Clancy, David S.; Sentance, Michael – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2020
The states and localities, not the federal government, primarily control and fund K-12 education. As a major source of revenue and with its historic role in our federal system, the states are the driving presence in most every education policy area. That is true in the current efforts to adjust education programs to the Coronavirus disease…
Descriptors: Disease Control, Crisis Management, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Policy
Young, Julie; Donovan, William – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2020
The coronavirus known as COVID-19 has worked its way into nearly every corner of the globe and caused, among other restrictions, a shutdown of most schools across the United States. Desperate not to lose time away from the classroom, school officials are rushing to shift instruction to the Internet. Districts and schools face a daunting challenge…
Descriptors: Disease Control, Crisis Management, Online Courses, Educational Technology
Rebarber, Theodor – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2020
This study finds that, breaking with decades of slow improvement, U.S. reading and math scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and other assessments have seen historic declines since most states implemented national Common Core English and math curriculum standards six years ago. This descriptive analysis is designed to…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, National Competency Tests, Reading Achievement, Mathematics Achievement
Wurman, Ze'ev; Donovan, William – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2020
In the fall of 2019, well before the appearance of COVID-19, there was heightened concern among U.S. business leaders, economists and investors about a global economic slowdown and the possibility of a recession in 2020. But a downturn in the technology sector was not prominent among their worries. In the decade from 2018 to 2028 computer and…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Public Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, State Aid
Young, Julie; Donovan, William – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2020
A new normal is expected to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. What it will look like is still to be determined. But digital learning is sure to play a larger role in K-12 and college education. For students with learning disabilities or special needs, as well as their parents and teachers, the goal will be to find what works best and for which…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Special Needs Students, Online Courses, Best Practices
Flores, John; Clancy, David – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2020
With Massachusetts' school closure extending until the end of the 2019-20 academic year, Pioneer Institute urges that Massachusetts schools offer meaningful online and virtual learning programs, doing everything possible to eliminate problematic inconsistencies across Bay State school districts. Pioneer further urges Massachusetts to develop and…
Descriptors: Disease Control, Online Courses, Distance Education, Planning
Bedrick, Jason – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2020
For more than two decades, tax-credit scholarship (TCS) policies have helped American families provide their children with the learning environment that meets their individual needs. Now available in 19 states, nearly 300,000 students nationwide use tax-credit scholarships to attend the school of their family's choice. TCS policies create an…
Descriptors: Tax Credits, Scholarships, School Choice, Elementary Secondary Education
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