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Maag, Taylor – Progressive Policy Institute, 2023
Fewer young adults believe college is important, only about one-third of the American public has confidence in higher education. A recent study from Pew Research Center revealed that Americans are increasingly concerned about affordability, access, and the overall payoff of a college degree. Meanwhile, technological advances and AI have begun to…
Descriptors: College Students, Paying for College, Federal Aid, Grants
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
Craig, Ryan – Progressive Policy Institute, 2019
House Democrats yesterday introduced major legislation to reauthorize the landmark Higher Education Act. Although reauthorization is long overdue, the new legislation, called the College Affordability Act, proposes mainly marginal improvements to a broken higher education financing system. Moreover, it doesn't do enough to help people who don't go…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Higher Education, Educational Legislation, Job Skills
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 – Progressive Policy Institute, 2018
Released on the 25th anniversary of the opening of the first charter schools, David Osborne's "Reinventing America's Schools" explores the new paradigm of public education that is emerging to fit the realities of the 21st century. Osborne's new book offers a bracing survey of the most dramatic improvements taking place in urban education…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Charter Schools, Urban Education
Osborne, David – Progressive Policy Institute, 2016
Our urban school systems struggle because so many of their students live in poverty, but they also struggle because they were designed a hundred years ago, for an industrial society. In an increasing number of cities, they are being replaced by 21st century systems, in which the central administration does not operate all schools and employ all…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Urban Areas, Boards of Education, School Districts
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, 2016
Some of the most dramatic gains in urban education have come from school districts using what many call a "portfolio strategy." Others call it "reinvention," a "21st century approach," or "relinquishment." By whatever name, it generally means that districts negotiate performance agreements with some mix of…
Descriptors: Urban Education, School Districts, Educational Change, Change Strategies
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
Carew, Diana G. – Progressive Policy Institute, 2014
Four telling facts about jobs and wages for young Americans, as explained in this policy brief, suggest a labor market recovery is coming, although it will be gradual and uneven by educational attainment. Young Americans with a postsecondary degree are more likely to be employed, but the nature of their employment suggests they are taking…
Descriptors: Young Adults, Labor Force, Economic Opportunities, Employment Opportunities
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
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
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