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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 26, 2014 posted by Nithya Joseph

Teacher Salaries and Housing Affordability

After a break of a couple of months, we're excited to bring back the Teacher Trendline series with one of our most popular topics: teacher salaries.  Read More»

March 14, 2014 posted by Rae Shih

National Survey Shows Strong Support for Common Core Implementation

Today, Achieve, Inc. released the results of its national survey on attitudes towards the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and aligned assessments. Achieve, an independent education nonprofit, helped to develop the standards in conjunction with the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association. Read More»

March 06, 2014 posted by StudentsFirst

Making the Grades: What State Policy Report Cards Reveal about Education Reform

At a panel discussion March 5th hosted by the New America Foundation, leading voices in education policy discussed the role state policy report cards play on education reform and whether they translate into concrete change in our schools.  Read More»

March 04, 2014 posted by Eric Lerum

How Does Our State Policy Report Card Measure Up?

Over the past number of years, several education reporting and advocacy organizations have contributed to the growing education policy debate by releasing national reports. But what do these reports show? And how can they be a resource for policymakers and education leaders?  Read More»

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