Media & Events

Media Support

  • August 11, 2014: Huffington Post

    Failure of D.C. Education Reform Initiatives Revealed

    By Elaine Weiss and Danyoung Kim

    This year's release of District of Columbia Public Schools standardized test scores came with much less fanfare than in 2013 -- growth in "proficiency" is smaller, and district leaders were recently called out for lack of transparency ... using averages to hide growing gaps. Ironically, given NCLB's goal of illuminating race- and income-based gaps, districts like DCPS feel pushed to create the appearance that reforms have worked by hiding growing disparities....Transparency, paired with comprehensive, whole-child strategies that can help produce meaningful gains for all students, would represent the real reform we have long sought.

  • July 28, 2014: Huffington Post

    Blowing our Diversity Advantage

    By Elaine Weiss and Rick Kahlenberg

    As we mark the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, we are glad to see renewed interest in the issue of segregation, but discouraged about our societal failure to tackle it. Perhaps the saddest aspect of this segregation is the waste of a precious American resource, one that could offer our children an important advantage over their peers in many other countries: diversity.

  • July 10, 2014: Washington Post

    Critics of DC Education Policies Question Test Score Gains

    By Emma Brown

    A group of education advocates is calling on the District to release more information about students’ performance on city tests, arguing that the limited data released in years past has overstated city schools’ progress. Elaine Weiss of the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education — a group that has been critical of education policies that have taken root in the District, such as charter schools and test-based accountability — wrote in an analysis to be released Thursday that “lack of transparency, combined with cherry-picking specific numbers” has enabled the city to “paint a false picture of progress,” particularly among poor and African American students.

  • July 2, 2014: Huffington Post

    Deserving of Celebration: Public Education Done Right

    By Elaine Weiss

    Too often, news on the education front is all gloom and doom. Achievement gaps are stubborn, and current education reforms don't seem to be making schools better. In communities across the country, however, teachers, parents, communities, and local leaders are doing great things in and with public schools. As we celebrate America's independence, and the bicentennial of Francis Scott Key's penning of the Star Spangled Banner, let's also celebrate examples of comprehensive approaches to education that are doing it right and seeing great results.

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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.

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Announcements

  • Albert Shanker Institute Event: How Do We Get Experienced, Accomplished Teachers into High-Need Schools?

    Students living in poverty with the greatest educational needs are disproportionately taught by novice teachers who were poorly prepared and who receive inadequate support. As a consequence, the teachers in high-poverty schools turn over at a high rate, making it difficult for these schools to improve. This panel will address two vital questions: What are the systemic causes of this mismatch of educational resources and educational need? And what policies could be adopted to remedy this mismatch and attract experienced, accomplished teachers into schools with high educational need?

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Bill Moyers Blog Series: Breaking the Education-Poverty Link

One critical factor missing from education policy is educator voice! How has education reform gone so wrong? One reason is lack of input from teachers, principals, and superintendents -- those who work in classrooms and schools every day. BBA seeks to change that. This year-long series spotlights stellar educators from rural, suburban, and urban districts  across the country who tell their own stories about facing poverty and addressing it head-on.
 
August 14: Virginia's Pulaski County Public Schools superintendent Thomas Brewster and Elaine Weiss discuss the rural poverty-schools mismatch  that is portrayed vividly in the Sundance award-winning documentary Rich Hill.

 

June 10: Former Philadelphia Teaching Fellow and Elaine Weiss note the tendency of policies targeting "those kids" -- like those justified by the so-called fiscal crisis in Philadelphia Public Schools -- to further tilt the playing field they purport to level.

 

May 7: Educare of Lincoln director Julia Dadds and Elaine Weiss use toddlers' experiences with worms to offer Lessons for K-12 from Pre-K Classrooms.

April 15: Philadelphia public schools teacher Kathleen Melville and Elaine Weiss refute the notion that "no excuses" is the proper response to widespread student hunger and poverty.

February 26: District of Columbia Public Schools high school teacher David Tansey and Elaine Weiss point out that Crunching Test Scores Isn't Enough to Educate Our Kids

January 23: Former Boston Public Schools superintendent and BBA co-chair Thomas Payzant and Elaine Weiss write about Deconstructing PISA: Implications for Education Reform and Fighting Poverty

 

Film Screening Series

BBA and EPI are hosting a series of education film screenings. Below are "toolkits" for each film with everything you need to host your own screening.

Rich Hill: Three Boys in Small Town America (April 29, 2014)

Ready for Kindergarten (February 27, 2014 and March 8, 2014)

The New Public (November 7, 2013)

American Winter (March 14, 2013)

Past Events

ECE Webinar: Domains of Brain Development and Early Childhood Brain Science with Todd Grindal
Part I | Part II

ECE Webinar: Economic Benefits of Early Childhood Investments, K-12 Impacts with Robert G. Lynch

ECE Webinar: Paid Early Childhood Caregivers and Educators with Robert C. Pianta

Investing in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Workforce: How we improve investments in early childhood care and education through a variety of policy changes.

David Kirp: Kids First: Five Big Ideas for Transforming Children's Lives and America's Future

School Turnaround Strategies: Is the National School Turnaround Effort Really Organizing Schools For Improvement?

Comprehensive Strategies: Federal Funding for a Broader Bolder Approach to Education: How ESEA and pending legislation promote (limit) Comprehensive Strategies

The Impact of Poverty on Education: Diverse Scholarly Perspectives, A Joint BBA/SCOPE Education Policy Briefing

Broader, BOLDER Approach to Education

Contact us at info@boldapproach.org

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