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Essential Educators: Teacher and Parent Views on COVID-19

After a challenging fall semester, a national survey from Public Agenda finds that K-12 teachers and parents are largely on the same page regarding education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Just...
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Mobilizing Employers, Parents and Communities for K-12 Education

What do employers think of the education system? What do Americans think is the purpose of public K-12 education? What should students be learning? What are the challenges faced by...
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Addressing Incidents of Bias in Schools: A Guide for Preventing and Reacting to Discrimination Affecting Students

There's a growing concern about discrimination and hate crimes taking place across the country. While incidents of bias can occur anywhere, it's especially troubling when it happens in our schools....
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Our Next Assignment: Where Americans Stand on Public K-12 Education

The landscape of K–12 education in the United States has shifted substantially in the last 10 years. These shifts, often marked by significant controversy, have been driven in part by...
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Teacher Collaboration In Perspective

Teacher Collaboration In Perspective, a joint project of the Spencer Foundation and Public Agenda, is designed to contribute to a better-informed dialogue about how teachers can work more collaboratively. This...
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Charter Schools In Perspective

Charter Schools In Perspective is an effort to enlighten and improve the conversation about charter schools in the United States. The In Perspective series provides an analysis of current research; suggests...
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How Can We Ensure That All Children Have Excellent Teachers?

The U.S. Department of Education has renewed its focus on ensuring that all students, especially those in under-resourced communities, have access to excellent educators. By June of 2015, all states...
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In Theory, Yes: How Educators of Educators Discuss the Roles and Responsibilities of Communities in Education

Some researchers believe that collaboration between schools and community stakeholders, including families, educators, community organizations and businesses, is the key to improving public education. However, broad and inclusive community-school partnerships...

Failure Is Not an Option

Failure Is Not an Option: How Principals, Teachers, Students and Parents from Ohio's High-Achieving, High-Poverty Schools Explain Their Success Why do some schools in high-poverty communities produce remarkable stories of...