Policy Explainers

Policy Explainers provide background information on many the issue and policy areas covered by New America's Education Policy program. Policy Explainers are sorted into four broad categories: Early Ed & PreK-12, Higher Ed & Workforce, Federal Education Budget, and Learning Technologies.

For additional research and analysis on these issues and policy areas, explore the Education Policy team's papers, data projects, articles, and blog posts.

Early Ed & PreK-12

Early Ed & PreK-12 policy explainers cover a wide range of issues and policy areas impacting young children and students, birth through high school.


Higher Ed & Workforce

Higher Ed & Workforce explainers describe issues and terms related to postsecondary education and the workforce.


Federal Education Budget

These explainers detail Federal education-related spending, along with the federal budget process as it relates to education.


Learning Technologies

These policy explainers highlight issues relating to new technologies in education, beginning in the early years and spanning through college and careers.