Promote and Share the BBA Principles

Early Childhood Education

Ensure access to home visiting supports and prenatal health care. Infants whose mothers receive prenatal support through the Nurse Family Partnership program are more likely to be healthy. It's time for a Broader, Bolder Approach to Education!
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Learning begins at birth, education should too. By kindergarten, poor children lag behind their better-off peers by as much as two years. It's time for a Broader, Bolder Approach to Education!
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Provide early parenting supports to prepare all children for school. Every dollar spent on nurse visits can save up to $6 in averted welfare, juvenile-justice, and health-care costs. It's time for a Broader, Bolder Approach to Education!
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School Improvement

Demand a stop to NCLB that goes beyond waivers. Great schools focus on whole-child enriching education, not tests. It's time for a Broader, Bolder Approach to Education!
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Education should expand children's horizons, not narrow their worlds. As testing of basic reading and math skills increase, critical other subjects are neglected and even omitted altogether. It's time for a Broader, Bolder Approach to Education!
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Demand reliable, holistic teacher evaluations that prioritize development over elimination. High-stakes testing has led to apparent widespread cheating in Pennsylvania, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. It's time for a Broader, Bolder Approach to Education!
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Comprehensive Strategies

Effective Common Core Standards Must Support the Whole Child, and all Children. A narrow focus on some parts of the curriculum, to the exclusion of social and emotional learning, and without supports to enable all children to benefit, will only widen existing gaps. It's time for a Broader, Bolder Approach to Education!
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Narrowing the achievement gap requires us to attack poverty, not schools. Decades of research affirm James Coleman’s findings that family and community factors are major drivers of achievement gaps. It's time for a Broader, Bolder Approach to Education!
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Expand the availability of school-based health centers. New York students with centers at school were over 50% less likely to be hospitalized for asthma than those without (10.5% versus 17%). It's time for a Broader, Bolder Approach to Education!
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Increase access to children’s mental health services.  Children exposed to toxic stress factors have a greater chance of developmental delay. It's time for a Broader, Bolder Approach to Education!
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Feed all students well so their teachers can teach. Nearly half of elementary and one third of middle school teachers report having to bring food to class for their students. It's time for a Broader, Bolder Approach to Education!
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Ensure good nutrition for all children. High rates of severe obesity among low-income students impede their learning and classroom behavior. It's time for a Broader, Bolder Approach to Education!
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Children need year-round enrichment. By ninth grade, up to two thirds of the achievement gap can be attributed to disparities in summer learning opportunities. It's time for a Broader, Bolder Approach to Education!
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Acknowledging poverty’s impact on schools isn’t excusing teachers from their responsibility. Failing to do so is excusing society from ours. It's time for a Broader, Bolder Approach to Education!
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Reduce poverty to improve learning. Not a single Texas school with an 80% poverty rate prepares more than 20% of its students for college. It's time for a Broader, Bolder Approach to Education!
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