The Broader Bolder Approach to Education is a national campaign that acknowledges the impact of social and economic disadvantage on schools and students and proposes evidence-based policies to improve schools and remedy conditions that limit many children’s readiness to learn.

Read the BBA Mission Statement and Accountability Statement to learn more. Use the BBA short video and infographic to spread the word. Access the new BBA report, Mismatches in Race to the Top Limit Educational Improvement, here. And access our April 2013 report, Market-Oriented Reforms' Rhetoric Trumps Reality, and executive summary, here.

  • Quality early childhood education prepares children for kindergarten and establishes a strong, rich foundation for later development and learning.

  • Health and nutrition supports ensure that children come to school immunized, well fed, and without toothaches or acute asthma attacks that prevent them from focusing and learning.

    After- and summer-school enrichment provides space to do and help with homework, adult support and mentoring, and the academic, cultural, and recreational activities that are needed to develop creative thinkers, informed voters, and civic leaders.

  • Accountability systems support and enhance good teaching and leadership and offer effective ways of identifying excellent teachers to mentor peers and weak teachers who should switch jobs.

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BBA's Research Base

The BBA Bibliography provides synopses of seminal research works that demonstrate how living in poverty impedes educational attainment and the efficacy of a broader, bolder approach to education.

Reforming truly disadvantaged schools prove[s] especially nettlesome. Our findings represent a challenge to the prevailing political rhetoric that all schools can improve in their effectiveness. To be sure, we fervently want to believe these claims. But, we also now know that all schools do not start in the same place, and those that are truly disadvantaged have enormous barriers to overcome.

From Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons from Chicago by Anthony S. Byrk, Penny Bender Sebring, Elaine Allensworth, Stuart Luppescu, and John Q Easton

View the full BBA Bibliography

News Feature

  • February 26, 2014: Bill Moyers

    Crunching Test Scores Isn't Enough to Educate our Kids

    By David Tansey and Elaine Weiss

    I consider myself a reform-minded teacher. I’m an advocate for using data to inform instruction and to monitor my students’ progress. But I have learned in my years of teaching — and running a club for young men at Dunbar High School — that our obsession with testable elements of the high-school experience has taken focus away from making that content meaningful, so that students might do well in school despite the hardships they face. I can thank the students in our club, the Gentlemen of Dunbar, for this lesson.


Webinar: What Can States Do To Fund Education Fairly?

The Schott Foundation's Opportunity to Learn Campaign and Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center jointly present a 2-part series on how states can fund their schools and improve their economies. In Part 1, they will answer some of the most important questions in the education funding debate: Why do states need to chip in to help fund our schools? Do investments in public schools create stronger state economies? And how can states raise additional revenue? Kurt Wise from the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center will present different revenue-raising strategies from the report "Investing in the Future" and show us how to use the report as a tool in local campaigns.

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In addition to the high-profile original signatories, many of whom helped to draft BBA's mission statement, hundreds of people from across the country who agree with BBA’s mission continue to sign on. Join them!

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