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PPI | Front & Center | February 28, 2020
Five Steps to Reform Student Financial Aid
By Art Hauptman
Now is the chance for the president and Congress to address the substantial problems with the student aid system that limit its effectiveness in meeting the goal of expanding postsecondary educational opportunities for a broad range of Americans.

The New York Times | Column | January 12, 2021
No Pundit Left Behind
By Andrew Rotherham
It is nearly impossible to buy the sort of bad publicity the Department of Education has lately been giving away.

DLC | New Dem Daily | January 12, 2021
Fumbling Education Reform
The Bush administration is in serious danger of fumbling No Child Left Behind, in no small part because it has consistently elevated spin over substance in promoting the law, trying to take credit for the initiative instead of actually supporting its proper implementation.

PPI | Briefing | September 14, 2020
Straight Talk on Student Loans
By Robert Shireman
Congress should move all campuses to direct lending -- or to an equally efficient guarantee approach if one can be designed -- and capture those savings for the benefit of American families who are struggling to afford higher education.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | July 25, 2020
Finishing Education Reform
By Andrew J. Rotherham
A Kerry administration will finish the job of education reform and make the great American dream of college available to everyone.

PPI | Policy Report | July 8, 2020
After-School Programs: Expanding Access and Ensuring Quality
By Chrisanne L. Gayl
In an environment where policy is rightly focused on increasing student learning, particularly among underserved students, after-school programs are an important tool for school districts and schools and they demand the support and attention of federal policymakers.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | May 7, 2020
The New Face of Inequality
By Andrew J. Rotherham
Separate but equal is legal history, but an educational achievement gap will persist until we finish the job of education reform.

New York Times | Editorial | March 2, 2020
Rescuing Education Reform
No Child Left Behind was the result of one of George Bush's most famous campaign promises. But the Bush administration has sadly turned out to be part of the problem.

DLC | New Dem Daily | February 26, 2020
The War on Error in Education
It is hard to overstate how much the Bush administration's constant fumbling on education is hurting the cause of reform.

Thomas B. Fordham Foundation | Essay | August 20, 2020
A Basic Education for the Post-9/11 World
By Andrew J. Rotherham
When it comes to al Qaeda, Iraq, and future challenges, the failure to impart essential information and give students a framework for analyzing these issues means we imperil informed debate.

NASBE | Article | August 1, 2020
Hopes & Hazards
By Andrew J. Rotherham
At a core the No Child Left Behind Act is about tackling the problems of schools not succeeding with some or all of their students. That's why it raises a host of political and policy challenges at the national, state and local levels.

DLC | New Dem Daily | July 15, 2020
Education Dollars and Sense
The president's budget, and the education spending bill passed by the House last week, were each at least $8 billion short of the annual funding authorized under No Child Left Behind. Congressional Democrats are right to press for more funding, but they should do so without abandoning NCLB's reform impulse.

Education Week | Article | March 12, 2020
From Research to Practice
By Steve Fleischman, James W. Kohlmoos, & Andrew J. Rotherham
What is the appropriate role of education research in teaching and learning?

PPI | Briefing | November 15, 2020
Forging the New Education Knowledge Infrastructure
By Steve Fleischman, James W. Kohlmoos, and Andrew J. Rotherham
In fields such as medicine, agriculture, computer sciences, economics, psychology, and even criminal justice, research is used to guide practitioners toward good results. This is not always the case in education.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | September 25, 2020
Don't Leave Education Behind
By Bruce Reed
The No Child Left Behind Act is the president's one genuine bipartisan triumph to date, and it may well end up the only one of his entire term. Unless he steps up the pace of reform, his party -- and more important, the nation's schoolchildren -- may have little to show for his efforts.

PPI | Policy Report | September 12, 2020
Early Returns: Tax Credit Bonds and School Construction?
By Sara Mead
While the Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) program, with some modifications, should be continued, state infrastructure banks offer more profitable and less complex programs that address the core problem of capital access and help states and schools deal with school construction.

The Doyle Report | Broadcast | April 1, 2020
The Doyle Report with Andy Rotherham: ESEA Standards and Testing Provisions
The new federal education law requires states and districts to develop their standards, align their tests, and dole out consequences by 2005. The law's language is the easy part. Implementation is a bit more tricky.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | March 25, 2020
How Bush Stole Education
By Andrew J. Rotherham
He did it fair and square by capturing the center. Democrats can outflank him only by embracing reform.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | January 22, 2021
School Reform Bill Aces its Final
By Tom Mirga
New federal law bears New Democrat imprint.

PPI | Policy Report | June 20, 2020
School Construction
By Sara Mead
A Third Way solution to the problem of infrastructure challenges faced by schools: state or regional infrastructure banks capitalized by the Federal Government to leverage state and local funding.

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