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Recent Posts by Halli Bayer

March 28, 2014 posted by Halli Bayer

What makes a good school board?

It’s amazing to me that most people know so little about school boards despite the fact that they oversee the schools in almost every single district in our country. Why is this? Does school board leadership really matter? Read More»

March 03, 2014 posted by Halli Bayer

A Teacher’s Story - What’s at Issue in Vergara v. California

Over the past 10 years, Bhavini Bhakta has taught 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 7th grades in and around Los Angeles. In 2009, she won her school's Golden Apple Teacher of the Year Award for her outstanding work in the classroom. Read More»

January 31, 2014 posted by Halli Bayer

School Choice Week

It's National School Choice Week, and we here at StudentsFirst believe that school choice is a critical tool for empowering parents.  Read More»

February 04, 2014 posted by Halli Bayer

More States Taking Over Struggling Schools

Our recently released 2014 State Policy Report Card shows that a growing number of states are creating new school districts for their lowest-performing schools.  Read More»

January 21, 2014 posted by Halli Bayer

More States Giving Parents the Information They Need

What kind of information do parents in your state have about their kids’ schools? Read More»

October 29, 2013 posted by Halli Bayer

Charter Schools and Diversity

We received a lot of comments on our twitter account last week in response to my blog about school diversity. Many of the comments mentioned charter schools and suggested that these schools, by their very nature, are not diverse. Read More»

October 18, 2013 posted by Halli Bayer

How to Create Diverse Schools

It’s been 59 years since Brown v. Board, and yet our schools are now more segregated by both race and class than they were forty years ago. So what should districts do about it? Read More»

October 11, 2013 posted by Halli Bayer

Is school segregation still a problem?

It’s been fifty-nine years since the US Supreme Court told us that, “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.” Read More»

September 13, 2013 posted by Halli Bayer

Checks on Choice

Making Sure School Choice Benefits Those Who Need It Most Read More»

July 10, 2013 posted by Halli Bayer

Change the Leadership, Change the Rules

How Mayoral and State Governance Can Improve Districts and Schools Read More»