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. Following up on Rhetoric Trumps Reality, BBA offers an evidence-based exploration of lack of gains in DCPS under Rhee-Henderson reforms and questions to ask when 2014 "proficiency" numbers are released.
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.
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.
“ Congress could start by passing legislation that would require states, as a condition of receipt of federal funds, to meet a minimum “maintenance of effort” level. In addition, Congress could develop new federal regulations to encourage states to redesign their school finance systems so that they fund the cost of delivering rigorous common standards, and allocate funding based on student and school need.
From Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card by Bruce Baker, David Sciarra, and Danielle Farrie
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As low-income districts experience ever-greater struggles to meet their students’ needs on dwindling budgets, their schools are targets of “reforms” fundamentally different from those serving higher-income students. And, as my own teaching trajectory reflects, these attempted “fixes” can actually exacerbate inequities.
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!