Coverage of BBA Launch

  • September 11, 2008: Slate

    The Divide

    By Paul Tough

    In contrast to education "reformers" such as Joel Klein who support increased spending on charter schools, testing, and performance-based rewards, the BBA calls for a redirection of funds towards early-childhood education, health care, and other social supports.

  • July 17, 2008: Christian Science Monitor

    Do better schools help the poor?

    By Walt Gardner

    Data suggests that better schools do not address the problem of under achievement.  Instead, resources should be directed towards a broader, bolder approach, incorporating childcare, parental support, and community involvement.

  • June 18, 2008: Education Week

    2 New Coalitions Seek Influence on Campaigns

    By David J. Hoff

    Two sides of the education policy debate are outlined, one side holding schools primarily responsible for student achievement, and the other side (represented by the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education) which views out-of-school factors as well as school effectiveness as determinants of student achievement.

  • June 13, 2008: New York Times

    Obama, Liberalism and the Challenge of Reform

    By David Brooks

    David Brooks outlines the two sides of the education policy debate, the "reformers" who insist that in-school changes alone can make a difference and these changes should be based on data, and the "status quo" who advocate a borader, bolder approach to education.  Obama's education policies are discussed in these terms.

  • June 10, 2008: Education Week (eduwonkette)

    Big Props for a "Broader, Bolder Approach to Education"

    By eduwonkette

    The Broader, Bolder Approach to Education is launched, advocating policies of school improvement, quality and developmentally appropriate early education and pre-k programs, expanded access to health care, and improved quality of students' out-of-school time.  Schools efforts are not enough to completely address the gaps created by out-of-school factors.

Share the BBA Principles

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!

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. We need a Broader, Bolder Approach to Education!

+ view all

BBA Infographic

10:1 That's Nobel economist James Heckman's estimated return to society from high-quality pre-k programs' help in boosting low-income children's cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and social readiness for school and life. View the full BBA infographic to learn more.

Bolder Approach to Education Infographic

Broader, BOLDER Approach to Education

Contact us at

Press inquires should be directed to:
Economic Policy Institute, Media Relations Department
(202) 775-8810 or