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Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, 2014
The 2014 Fordham Sponsorship Annual Report is our opportunity to share the Fordham Foundation's work as the sponsor of eleven schools serving 3,200 students, and our related policy work in Ohio and nationally. We are fortunate as an organization that our policy work benefits our sponsorship efforts; and, that our lessons from sponsorship inform…
Descriptors: Annual Reports, Philanthropic Foundations, Donors, Private Financial Support
Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, 2012
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute is the nation's leader in advancing educational excellence for every child through quality research, analysis, and commentary, as well as on-the-ground action and advocacy in Ohio. The institute advances: (1) High standards for schools, students and educators; (2) Quality education options for families; (3) A more…
Descriptors: Profiles, Educational Quality, Educational Change, Entrepreneurship
Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, 2010
For the past two decades, lawmakers from both parties in Ohio have invested heavily in the public education sector. As a consequence, total K-12 education funding, measured in constant dollars, has grown by over 60 percent since 1997, even as Ohio's K-12 student enrollment has shrunk by more than 24,000 students (1.4 percent) during that same…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Academic Standards, Educational Policy, Economic Impact
Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, 2010
As the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation chronicled in its last year's Fordham Sponsorship Accountability Report, "Seeking Quality in the Face of Adversity", the 2008-09 school year was a brutal one during which schools, and their peers, faced many existential threats. The 2009-10 school year was Fordham's fifth year as a charter school…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Accountability, Leadership, Academic Achievement
Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, 2009
As a charter school sponsor (authorizer), the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation submits an accountability report to the Ohio Department of Education at the end of November each year. The report includes profiles of each Fordham-sponsored school, as well as graphics comparing the achievement data of its schools, their home districts, and statewide…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Philanthropic Foundations, School Support, Accountability
Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, 2007
The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation believes that all children deserve a high-quality K-12 education at the school of their choice. Nationally and in its home state of Ohio, the Foundation strives to close America's vexing achievement gaps by raising standards, strengthening accountability, and expanding education options for students and families.…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Philosophy, Profiles, Program Descriptions
Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, 2006
This report offers a comprehensive account of Thomas B. Fordham Foundation's sponsorship policies and practices, including a history of its sponsorship efforts, as well as individual profiles of all Fordham-sponsored schools in Ohio. Included in the profiles are in-depth descriptions of each school's educational program, school philosophy, and…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Academic Achievement, Profiles, Financial Support
Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, 2006
This report is the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation's first ever comprehensive analysis of education reform and results in the 50 states. For each of them, this report examines: (1) student achievement, with a focus on poor and minority students; (2) achievement trends since the early 1990s for these same students; and (3) reform efforts centering on…
Descriptors: School Choice, Achievement Gains, Economically Disadvantaged, Academic Achievement
Adamowki, Steven; Therriault, Susan Bowles; Cavanna, Anthony P. – Thomas B. Fordham Foundation & Institute, 2007
Public school principals encounter a sizable gap between the autonomy they believe they need to be effective and the autonomy that they actually have in practice, especially when it comes to hiring, firing, and transferring teachers. That is a key finding of this report from the Fordham Institute and the American Institutes for Research, which is…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Principals, Professional Autonomy, School District Autonomy
Yecke, Cheri Pierson – Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, 2005
The author defines "middle schoolism" as "an approach to educating children in the middle grades (usually grades 5-8), popularized in the latter half of the 20th century, that contributed to a precipitous decline in academic achievement among American early adolescents." She argues that many middle schools are on the right…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Educational Quality, Educational Improvement, Academic Achievement
Walsh, Kate – Thomas B. Fordham Foundation & Institute, 2006
Kate Walsh, president of the National Council on Teacher Quality, takes on teacher education in this essay published for the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation's white paper series "Fwd: Arresting Insights in Education." Walsh highlights a 2005 study, "Studying Teacher Education," a nearly 800-page report by a panel of the American Educational Research…
Descriptors: Teacher Educators, Educational Research, Theory Practice Relationship, Teacher Education
Gau, Rebecca – Thomas B. Fordham Foundation & Institute, 2006
This report presents findings from a national examination of the organizations that sponsor, oversee and hold accountable U.S. charter schools. Its primary aim is to describe and characterize these crucial but little known organizations: What do they look like? How big are they? How do they go about their work? The results of this inquiry is a new…
Descriptors: State Departments of Education, Charter Schools, Accountability, Classification
Thomas B. Fordham Foundation & Institute, 2006
Education funding today is a mess, and a solution is needed that addresses its biggest problems: most disadvantaged students do not receive the funding they need; red tape and overhead waste time and money; and new types of education options, like charter schools, are starved for dollars. Unfortunately, until now, so-called solutions have…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Equity (Finance), Public Schools, School Choice
Finn, Chester E., Jr.; Julian, Liam; Petrilli, Michael J. – Thomas B. Fordham Foundation & Institute, 2006
Two-thirds of schoolchildren in America attend class in states with mediocre (or worse) expectations for what their students should learn. That's just one of the findings of Fordham's The State of State Standards 2006, which evaluates state academic standards. The average state grade is a "C-minus"--the same as six years earlier, even…
Descriptors: State Standards, National Standards, Government Role, State Government
Mead, Walter Russell – Thomas B. Fordham Foundation & Institute, 2006
This first-ever thorough report reviews academic standards in world history in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to determine whether we are setting the solid, challenging expectations for our schools and children that will equip the next generation with the skills and knowledge it will need. The report, written by renowned historian…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, World History, Curriculum Development, History Instruction
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