Analysis: The path to universal COVID-19 testing in schools — what the government and states can do now in preparation for the 2021 surge
Despite the availability of new COVID-19 tests that are faster and more cost-effective, significant barriers to universal testing in schools remain. To date, the absence of quality COVID-19 tests has forced superintendents and principals to rely on a combination of masking, screening for symptoms, social distancing and good hygiene practices. Although testing has always been...
By Mario Ramirez and Andrew Buher | November 23, 2020
Analysis: Schools need help bringing special-needs kids back to class. If they can’t, here are 3 paths for supporting learning online
Since COVID-19 upended American life, story after story has highlighted students with disabilities falling behind and families bringing lawsuits to force schools to serve students with special needs. Schools struggle to consistently engage students with disabilities in distance learning, and attendance is often lower for these students than for any others. Virtual learning, by and large, is not working for students...
By Ashley LiBetti | November 19, 2020
Analysis: California gives districts extra money for highest-needs students. But it doesn’t always get to the highest-needs schools
Under California’s Local Control Funding Formula, the San Diego Unified School District’s highest-needs schools generated $1,468 more per student in 2016-17 than the average amount generated across all district schools. Yet, according to our new study, once that money passed through the district, those same neediest schools wound up receiving $127 less per student than the...
By Katie Silberstein and Marguerite Roza | November 12, 2020
Analysis: In schools, Black girls confront both racial and gender bias. What the research shows, and what’s being done to stop it
This essay originally appeared on the FutureEd blog. As schools grapple with longstanding racial inequities brought into sharp focus by recent cases of police brutality and the coronavirus pandemic, one problem stands out: Black girls often face both racial and gender bias in the nation’s classrooms. An analysis of national U.S. Department of Education 2015-16 civil rights data...
By Brooke LePage | November 11, 2020
Analysis: How states use their constitutional authority over education to push back against Trump assaults on equity, accountability
Since his inauguration in January 2017, President Donald Trump has used executive and administrative power to reduce federal oversight of educational equity and accountability. The administration rolled back Obama-era guidance that bolstered the rights of racial minorities, transgender students and people with disabilities. It reduced efforts to gather information about state and local practices affecting...
By Kenneth K. Wong | October 27, 2020
Analysis: Write less to say more — how schools can communicate more effectively with families
COVID-19 has increased the need for schools to communicate with families while reducing opportunities for face-to-face interactions. As a result, families have received an onslaught of emails, text messages and detailed websites. Many of these are dense. Too often, the best families can do is quickly skim — if they read these at all. While...
By Carly Robinson and Todd Rogers | October 26, 2020
Analysis: 7 ways American education could change forever after COVID
A Nation at Risk, President Reagan’s 1983 Blue-Ribbon Panel’s review of American public education is frequently referenced as the benchmark and starting flag of the reform movement. Its 37-year reign as the reference point for progress is over. The pandemic has now taken the pole position; it will be the new reference point for the evolution...
By John M. McLaughlin | October 21, 2020
Gray: Windows, movable walls & furniture, outdoor space — How flexible school design makes socially distanced education work in a pandemic
School districts with new projects or renovations underway are in a form of limbo. They don’t know if students will be there when the doors open or the ribbon is cut. They are reexamining designs they approved months ago, exploring whether environments will meet the requirements of a post-COVID world. We have several projects in...
By Kathryn Gray | October 15, 2020
KIPP launches first-of-its-kind alumni network to help its 30K graduates with careers, mental health and finances
A first-of-its-kind alumni network for K-12 KIPP charter school graduates launches today, drawing on its unique national alumni base of 30,000 students that’s expected to grow to 80,000 by 2025. The National KIPP Alumni Network offers both alum-to-alum support as well as outside professional guidance. The three external players in the network programs, financed by California-based Crankstart...
By Richard Whitmire | October 14, 2020
McCloud & Marigna: It’s not just about policing — 3 ideas for addressing systemic racism in our schools and communities
We are sitting at a historic crossroads as a country, and we have the opportunity to create a more just world for all Americans. The COVID-19 pandemic, the senseless murder of Black Americans by police and the resulting protests have forced a reckoning with the racism that’s embedded in our national DNA. Our systems have...
By Shennell McCloud and Vincent Marigna | October 9, 2020