New report argues for automatic Income-Based Repayment coupled with employer withholding for federal student loans
"The first African-American president of the United States is not likely to... weaken the federal government’s ability to force states to take educational equity seriously," Conor P. Williams said. "For most of American history (and today), the decentralization of public education has been repeatedly used to protect de jure and de facto segregation, inequitable allocation of educational resources, and a dizzying variety of civil rights abuses."
This isn’t to say that all school reformers have been silent. Individual reformers, including Groff, Conor P. Williams of the New America Foundation, and Students for Education Reform cofounder Catharine Bellinger have also spoken out.
The protests have never been about one incident. They've never been about one particular tragic death. These are protests against unceasing, unaccountable violence over many years. These are protests responding to a systemic failure that has roots as deep and as old as American chattel slavery.
Visualizing Opporunity in 21st Century Communities
Leveraging new mapping tools can energize efforts to understand and activate 21st century learning networks. "Putting Learning on the Map: Visualizing Opportunity in 21st Century Communities," a new report from New America' Education Policy Program, highlights examples and explores potential impact for the future. The report argues that while significant national attention has been directed at each of these components of the education system separately, few education policy leaders are considering this entire network of learning opportunities as a whole. Nor are they recognizing how much place and location continue to matter. But the increasing segregation of low-income families makes these issues inextricable at the community level.
Each American’s ideological mileage on immigration varies according to which end of the “e pluribus unum” (“Out of many, one”) equation pulls strongest on their heartstrings. Either we’re a country primarily constituted by our breadth of diversity (‘plures’), or an ‘unum’ nation that constitutes a common cultural, racial, ethnic, and linguistic whole.
Supporting and Assessing Key Habits, Mindsets, and Skills in PreK-12
New report highlights trends and raises important considerations for schools in supporting and assessing a more comprehensive set of student “skills for success”—and explores how assessments of these skills could be used to inform school improvement and accountability strategies.
But if Obama’s education agenda is a bigger legacy piece than people realize, it’s also exceedingly fragile. States who developed new teacher evaluations, adopted new academic standards, and reworked their accountability systems at administration’s urging won’t necessarily continue with those efforts without federal pressure. The longer Obama and his team can stay the course, the more time states will have to implement and consolidate these reforms.
Such models are mandated by the ESEA, so all states comply in one way or another—but the lack of interstate consensus on exactly how to comply has led to a “chaotic” system, says analyst Conor Williams.
If we don't make policy changes soon, according to a new report, America runs the risk of losing its fastest-growing resource: students who speak two languages.
This means that U.S. policy — especially education — is dominated by trust in procedures rather than trust in basic human judgment. That is, instead of letting principals hire and fire their own staff, we build enormously complex and contested teacher evaluation systems
We also consulted with Conor P. Williams, Ph.D., of the New America Foundation, who helped us understand LEAPS in the context of a national movement.
Linguistic diversity is increasing among American K-12 students but policies for dual language learners aren’t keeping pace with the demographic shifts in our schools. Policies vary incoherently from state to state and worse, almost none follow the latest science on how young children learn a second language. The Weekly Wonk spotlights the findings of New America senior researcher Conor P. Williams, who weighs in on the realities and ramifications of this chaos.