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Policy Briefs on Education Issues

 

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2012 Policy Briefs on Education Issues

Title: Research-Based Options for Education Policymaking—Public Funding of School Choice
Date: December 13, 2012
Author: William Mathis, University of Colorado-Boulder
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Title: Research-Based Options for Education Policymaking—Preschool Education
Date: November 13, 2012
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William Mathis, University of Colorado-Boulder

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Title: Democracy Left Behind: How Recent Education Reforms Undermine Local School Governance and Democratic Education
Date: October 16, 2012
Author: Kenneth Howe, University of Colorado-Boulder
David Meens, University of Colorado- Boulder
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Title: Research-Based Options for Education Policymaking— Common Core State Standards
Date: October 11, 2012
Author:

William Mathis, University of Colorado-Boulder

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Title: Democratic School Turnarounds: Pursuing Equity and Learning from Evidence
Date: October 1, 2012
Author: Legislative Brief: Tina Trujillo, Michelle Renée
Model Legislation: Tara Kini
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Title: Research-Based Options for Education Policymaking—Teacher Evaluation
Date: September 20, 2012
Author:

William Mathis, University of Colorado-Boulder

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Title: An Analysis of the Use and Validity of Test-Based Teacher Evaluations Reported by the Los Angeles Times: 2011
Date: June 20, 2012
Author: Catherine S. Durso,University of Denver
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Title: Spending by the Major Charter Management Organizations: Comparing Charter School and Local Public District Financial Resources in New York, Ohio, and Texas.
Date: May 3, 2012
Author:

Bruce D. Baker Rutgers University
Ken Libby and Kathryn Wiley, University of Colorado

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Title: Charting Equality: Using Charter School Legislation and Policy to Advance Equal Educational Opportunity
Date: February 21, 2012
Author: Julie F. Mead, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Preston C. Green III, Pennsylvania State University
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Title: Creating Teacher Incentives for School Excellence and Equity
Date: January 12, 2012
Author:

Barnett Berry, Center for Teaching Quality (Policy Brief)
Jon Eckert, Wheaton College (Policy Brief)
Scott R. Bauries, University of Kentucky College of Law (Legislative Brief)

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2011 Policy Briefs on Education Issues

 


Title: Online K-12 Schooling in the U.S.: Uncertain Private Ventures in Need of Public Regulation
Date: October 25, 2011
Author:

Gene V Glass and Kevin G. Welner (Policy Brief)
Justin Bathon (Model Legislation)

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Title: Discipline Policies, Successful Schools, and Racial Justice
Date: October 5, 2011
Author: Daniel J. Losen, The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles atUCLA
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Title: Linking Learning to the 21st Century: Preparing All Students for College, Career, and Civic Participation
Date: April 7, 2011
Author:

Marisa Saunders, UCLA, Institute for Democracy, Education and Access
Christopher A. Chrisman, Holland & Hart LLP

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Title: Due Diligence and the Evaluation of Teachers: A Review of the Value-Added Analysis Underlying the Effectiveness Rankings of Los Angeles Unified School District Teachers by The Los Angeles Times
Date: February 8, 2011
Author:

Derek Briggs and Ben Dominque, University of Colorado at Boulder

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Title: Consolidation of Schools and Districts: What the Research Says and What It Means
Date: February 1, 2011
Author:

Craig Howley, Jerry Johnson, and Jennifer Petrie, Ohio University

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Title: Adding Up the Spending: Fiscal Disparities and Philanthropy among New York City Charter Schools
Date: January 27, 2011
Author:

Bruce Baker and Richard Ferris, Rutgers

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2010 Policy Briefs on Education Issues

The Center funds policy briefs on important education issues. Policy briefs are written by recognized academic experts in each topic and include a summary of existing research available as well as policy recommendations. Briefs published in 2010 include:

This policy brief outlines authoritative research documenting a wide range of useful criteria that should be used together to form the foundation for high quality assessment of teacher quality and effectiveness. These criteria include: classroom observations and evaluations, portfolios prepared by teachers, peer review and value-added models based on student standardized testing. The brief cautions against relying solely or in large part on student test scores for teacher assessment as they are unreliable and encourages policymakers to adopt assessment systems that rely on multiple sources of information.

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Safe at School: Addressing the School Environment and LGBT Safety through Policy and Legislation, presents a series of recommendations and model legislation to make public schools safer for LGBT students.

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This policy brief explores the "common core" standards initiative embraced by the Obama administration as a means for increasing student achievement and ensuring global economic competitiveness. Author William Mathis raises questions about the development of common core standards and provides an overview of the relevant research on this topic. Mathis also includes a series of recommendations for moving forward with the common core standards initiative.

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This report is the most comprehensive to date on the question of whether charter schools are inadequately funded compared with traditional public schools. Miron and Urschel find that though charter schools typically do get less funding than traditional public schools, this is primarily because traditional schools have additional obligations including special education, student support services, food and transportation services which charter schools do not provide (or spend less on).

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This policy brief offers a comprehensive review of research on the Teach For America program and its impact on student achievement. The authors argue that the research is decidedly mixed at best. The brief includes recommendations for policymakers and school districts regarding TFA.

Executive Summary
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This policy brief focuses on the portfolio approach to school reform being used in an increasing number of large urban districts including New York, Chicago, New Orleans and Washington, D.C. This approach has been promoted by education reform theorists and some in the Obama administration as a vital and necessary solution to the problems, especially, of urban districts despite the fact that it has unclear advantages, no proof of past success and known high costs.

Executive Summary
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This report, which is a comprehensive examination of enrollment patterns in charter schools operated by Education Management organizations (EMOs), finds that charter schools run by EMOs are segregated by race, family income, disabilities and English language learner status as compared with their local public schools districts.

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2009 Policy Briefs on Education Issues

The Center funds policy briefs on important education issues. Policy briefs are written by recognized academic experts in each topic and include a summary of existing research available as well as policy recommendations. Briefs published in 2009 include:

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2008 Policy Briefs on Education Issues

The Center funds policy briefs on important education issues. Policy briefs are written by recognized academic experts in each topic and include a summary of existing research available as well as policy recommendations. Briefs published in 2008 include:

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2007 Policy Briefs on Education Issues

The Center funds policy briefs on important education issues. Policy briefs are written by recognized academic experts in each topic and include a summary of existing research available as well as policy recommendations. Briefs published in 2007 include:

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2006 Policy Briefs on Education Issues

The Center funds policy briefs on important education issues. Policy briefs are written by recognized academic experts in each topic and include a summary of existing research available as well as policy recommendations. Briefs published in 2006 include:

 

 

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