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May 29, 2020

Backlash and Beyond: What Lies Ahead for Teach For America?

Now that DeVos' school choice agenda has made support for charters the third rail of Democratic party politics, it's fair to expect some challenging times ahead for TFA, says Helen Baxendale.

May 27, 2020

Building a 'Movement for Systemic Change': How TFA Took Off in the 2000s

Helen Baxendale explains how Teach For America channeled the post-NCLB zeitgeist in the 2000s and soon became a standard element in the ambitious superintendent's performance-improvement toolkit.

May 26, 2020

The Puzzle of Teach For America

Helen Baxendale explores how TFA, which began as a quixotic proposal from a senior thesis, garnered sufficient support to get off the ground and why the teachers' unions didn't simply nip it in the bud in the '90s.

May 22, 2020

Keeping Students on Track for College and Beyond During Coronavirus

"All the psychic and economic pain we're seeing right now will be compounded if the pandemic produces a drop in college enrollment and completion. We'll simply lock in our losses for years to come," says Stefanie Sanford.

May 22, 2020

What AP Teachers Taught Us About Learning Continuity During Coronavirus

"The entire education world is trying to serve millions of suddenly home-bound students, and there's simply no precedent for a challenge on that scale," says Stefanie Sanford.

May 18, 2020

What Coronavirus Has Taught Us About the Digital Divide

The digital divide sits atop a long list of policy problems we should have solved before a global pandemic turned almost everything into a crisis, says the College Board's Stefanie Sanford.

May 15, 2020

Introducing Your Special Guest Stars: Sanford, Baxendale, Scott, and Pondiscio

Hearing directly from an amazing collection of educators, analysts, funders, and policymakers during the pandemic has been invaluable. Starting next week, though, we'll shift gears to a power-packed lineup of guest bloggers.

December 06, 2019

Understanding and Addressing the Consequences of Immigration Policies for Students and Educators

Guest bloggers Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj and Jacob Kirksey discuss how changes in immigration policies under the Trump administration sometimes play out in schools.

December 04, 2019

Moving Beyond Binaries to Evaluate Educational Equity

Guest bloggers Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj and Madeline Mavrogordato discuss how evidence from school choice shows the value of disaggregating data and asking sharper questions.

December 02, 2019

Student Transportation: The Next Frontier for Addressing Inequity in School Choice

Guest blogger Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj discusses her research regarding the equity implications of student-transportation policies in the context of school choice.

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