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  • June 17, 2015: First Focus

    Educare: A Model for Early Childhood Policymaking

    By Elaine Weiss and Karen Howard

    As cities in states as politically diverse as New York, Massachusetts, Georgia, Texas and Washington seek to expand their preschool programs with an eye toward universal access, early childhood education continues to gain traction in policy discussions. At the same time, ... Policymakers must address factors far beyond classrooms and schools, improving the family and home circumstances in which our children spend the early years when growth and development is most critical. ... Educare – an intensive birth-to-five early childhood system [] offers lessons that can guide early childhood policymaking at this critical juncture.

  • December 1, 2014: U.S. News and World Report

    Stop Counting on Education "Miracles"

    By Elaine Weiss

    It should be clear, on its face, that “miracles” have no place in education policy. Websters defines a miracle as “an unusual or wonderful event that is believed to be caused by the power of God.” No one seeking to improve education would rely on God or on “an unusual or wonderful event,” right? Wrong. High-profile policymakers not only have proclaimed to have produced or witnessed “miracles,” but have suggested that these other-worldly happenings ought to be the basis for widespread policy change. We have subsequently watched as each proved to be less than miraculous and, often, a disaster.

  • October 1, 2014: Huffington Post

    Pre-K's Potential as Part of a Comprehensive Pro-Children Strategy

    By Timothy Bartik and Elaine Weiss

    Both state governments and the federal government need to step up our investments in high-quality pre-K. As they do so, looking to Boston can help demonstrate the wisdom of investing in teacher training and curriculum support, and in ensuring access for all children. It can also demonstrate why the most effective pre-K programs will be part of a comprehensive strategy for America's children.

  • 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.

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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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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.
October 20: Mississippi Delta High School teacher and National Board for Professional Teaching Standards director Renee Moore writes with Elaine Weiss about the Still Separate and Very Much Unequal status of US schools.


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

Release Event: Inequalities at the Starting Gate and Screening: Ready for Kindergarten

Release Event: Noncognitive Skills: What are they, Why do they matter, and How can we better incorporate them into education policy?

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

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