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Pankovits, Tressa – Progressive Policy Institute, 2023
Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. students attend rural schools. However, during policy discussions, rural schools' unique challenges are often eclipsed by those of their urban and suburban counterparts. This report is a case study of an innovative, replicable public education experiment at three rural Texas high schools called the Rural Schools Innovation Zone2…
Descriptors: Rural Education, Rural Schools, High Schools, School Districts
Osborne, David – Progressive Policy Institute, 2021
For much of the last two decades, beginning with the passage of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in 2002, the top political leaders have shown concern about children stuck in failing public schools. NCLB required districts to do something -- not enough, but something -- about those schools. Millions of children still languish in low-performing schools,…
Descriptors: Public Schools, African American Students, Minority Group Students, Low Achievement
Goodman, Veronica; Pankovits, Tressa; Murphy, Tess – Progressive Policy Institute, 2021
Research shows that employers are less likely to hire workers with little to no experience for the "first jobs" that many younger workers rely on to build their skills and credentials. Without those first jobs, many will face fewer paths to enter the workforce. To help the non-college-bound, the nation's education system needs to create…
Descriptors: Career Readiness, Employment Qualifications, Vocational Education, Job Training
Pankovits, Tressa; Osborne, David – Progressive Policy Institute, 2020
Across the country, urban school districts are moving beyond industrial-era systems by creating "innovation" or "partnership" schools that have the freedom to reinvent the way they educate students. The Progressive Policy Institute released a how-to guide for legislators, district leaders, and advocates who want to create more…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Districts, Educational Innovation, Program Implementation
Langhorne, Emily – Progressive Policy Institute, 2018
On November 8, 2016, while the rest of the world anxiously awaited the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, a subset of voters with a keen interest in education had their eyes on Massachusetts. This was the day Bay Staters would vote on Ballot Question 2, a proposal to raise the state's cap on public charter schools by up to 12 new schools…
Descriptors: School Districts, Suburban Schools, Charter Schools, Public Schools
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