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Maag, Taylor – Progressive Policy Institute, 2023
Ascend Indiana is a nonprofit intermediary organization that connects Hoosiers to in-demand careers and regional employers to skilled talent, fostering cross-sector partnerships, building capacity, and developing insights that enable system-level change to transform the career trajectory of youth and adults in the community. As part of their…
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, High School Students, Experiential Learning, Work Experience Programs
Pankovits, Tressa – Progressive Policy Institute, 2022
In August, the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) released the grimmest "Nation's Report Card" in 20 years. Between 2020 and 2022, America's students dropped five points in reading and seven points in math. At a time when there is empirical evidence that America's students are struggling -- the NAEP scores are just one…
Descriptors: National Competency Tests, Achievement Gains, Teacher Shortage, Teacher Attitudes
Pankovits, Tressa – Progressive Policy Institute, 2022
The pandemic put both a microscope and a wide-angle lens on America's education systems. Under the microscope, parents had a window into individual classrooms as never before, as their children struggled to learn through laptops. Many didn't like what they observed. Through the wide angled lens, the country was jolted by evidence that school…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, College School Cooperation, Public Schools, State Legislation
Osborne, David; Langhorne, Emily – Progressive Policy Institute, 2019
The poor quality of many school systems is a serious impediment to social mobility for children from low-income and minority families, who cannot easily pick up and move to communities with good schools. The number of students taking college remediation classes has soared, and too many students graduate high school underprepared to enter either…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Public Schools, Poverty
Groff, Peter – Progressive Policy Institute, 2018
Progressives have long understood that access to a quality education is the one factor that consistently and permanently changes the trajectory of a life. As such, creating a strong public school system has been at the epicenter of our decades-long struggle to promote equal rights and equal opportunity for all. For many of America's families of…
Descriptors: Public Education, Institutional Autonomy, Accountability, School Choice
Osborne, David; Langhorne, Emily – Progressive Policy Institute, 2017
As 21st century school systems continue to emerge, low-income parents will continue to regard public charter schools as the means through which their children have equal access to quality education. This report is a response to the National Education Association's (NEA's) policy statement on charter schools. In the statement, the NEA calls for a…
Descriptors: Unions, Charter Schools, Position Papers, Public Schools
Osborne, David – Progressive Policy Institute, 2016
Since Congress has passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) states are revamping their federally required systems to measure school quality and hold schools accountable for performance. However, most are doing so using outdated assumptions, holdovers from the Industrial Era, when cookie-cutter public schools followed orders from central…
Descriptors: Accountability, Measurement, Public Schools, Educational Change
Osborne, David – Progressive Policy Institute, 2015
An important contest is taking place in Washington, D.C.--a race between two vehicles designed to carry children into the future with the habits and skills they need to live productive, meaningful lives. The older of the two, the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), uses a "unified governance model" that emerged more than a…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Urban Schools, Public Schools, Charter Schools
Hassel, Emily Ayscue; Hassel, Bryan C.; Ableidinger, Joe – Progressive Policy Institute, 2011
Though controversy rages about the overall contribution of charter schools to U.S. education reform, few doubt that a subset of charter schools has achieved extraordinary results with disadvantaged students. Relative to the enormous need for quality education, the number of children served by the best charter schools is far too low. Numerous…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Quality, Educational Change, Change Strategies
Hill, Paul T. – Progressive Policy Institute, 2006
This paper explains how the public education system resists reforms and shows how to make much higher-performing schools available to disadvantaged children. It explains why change is so difficult and why seemingly obvious solutions will not work. The paper also shows how new ideas about teaching, learning, and effective schooling can take…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Minority Groups, Public Education, Educationally Disadvantaged
Leigh, Andrew; Mead, Sara – Progressive Policy Institute, 2005
Research increasingly demonstrates what common sense has long made apparent to educators and parents: Teacher quality matters--a lot. Teachers' knowledge and skills are the most vital in-school factors influencing children's learning. And, for children from disadvantaged backgrounds or troubled home environments, quality teaching is even more…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Incentives, Educational Policy
Lake, Robin J.; Rainey, Lydia – Progressive Policy Institute, 2005
In the past eight years, Chicago has created an excellent charter school model with help from across the city. Mayor Richard Daley supported the reform, Chicago Public Schools developed a thoughtful and proactive approval process, business and civic leaders championed the movement and provided technical support, and teachers and community groups…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Urban Schools, School Choice, Educational Change
Mead, Sara – Progressive Policy Institute, 2005
In this report for the Progressive Policy Institute's 21st Century Schools Project, the author examines charter schooling in Washington, D.C., including the region's unique history of charter schooling and the challenges these schools face. She is optimistic about the future of the District's charter school movement, but argues that District and…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Urban Schools, Educational Finance, Educational Change
Smith, Nelson – Progressive Policy Institute, 2005
The Texas example illustrates the challenge faced by today's charter movement: how to meet growing demand while maintaining quality. Its considerable progress is sometimes obscured by headlines about the few schools at the top that generate enormous excitement and world-class achievement and the few at the bottom that use their autonomy for unwise…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Innovation, School Law, Academic Achievement
Gayl, Chrisanne L. – Progressive Policy Institute, 2004
High quality after-school programs provide numerous social, family, and community benefits. In addition to helping parents balance work and life responsibilities, these programs offer prime opportunities to enhance learning--particularly for struggling students. After-school programs also help to promote equity among students by providing…
Descriptors: Employed Parents, Enrichment, After School Programs, Educational Quality
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