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The Case for Payroll Withholding

Education Policy

New report argues for automatic Income-Based Repayment coupled with employer withholding for federal student loans

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in the news | December 09, 2014 | Education Policy

Garfield High Teacher: Standardized Tests 'Disproportionately Impact Students Of Color'

"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."

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policy paper | December 04, 2014 | Education Policy
Putting Learning on the Map: Visualizing Opportunity in 21st Century Communities

Putting Learning on the Map: Visualizing Opportunity in 21st Century Communities

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.

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in the news | November 25, 2014 | Education Policy

Why We Can't Afford To Turn Away Immigrants

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.

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policy paper | November 21, 2014 | Education Policy
Skills for Success

Skills for Success

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.

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in the news | November 11, 2014 | Education Policy

Obama's Fragile Education Legacy

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.

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policy paper | September 30, 2014 | Education Policy
Chaos for Dual Language Learners

Chaos for Dual Language Learners

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.

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in the news | September 16, 2014 | Education Policy

Campbell Brown Is Getting The Same Treatment Michelle Rhee Got

Few issues these days bring the rhetorical heat like education. So I probably shouldn’t have been surprised to see a new attack site purporting to reveal “The Real Campbell Brown” as a right-wing mouthpiece shilling for Wall Streeters. After all, Brown is a leader in an ongoing legal fight in New York — where several lawsuits are seeking to replicate a recent California court’s decision striking down a number of the state’s teacher tenure rules (Vergara v. California).