State Policy

Can We Design Student Loan Forgiveness to Target Low-Income Families?

How different approaches to loan forgiveness, including plans put forward by members of Congress and presidential hopefuls, would distribute benefits to Americans of different income levels and races and ethnicities.

You Might Be Surprised Which States Prioritize Higher Teacher Salaries

The U.S. is spending dramatically more per pupil than in decades past, yet teacher salaries have barely kept pace with inflation.

AFT Misses a Chance to Demand that Teachers Get Support They Need

Teachers are angry about inadequate training and poor curricula.

Who Would Benefit from Elizabeth Warren’s Student Loan Forgiveness Proposal?

The plan is likely to disproportionately benefit middle- and upper-middle-income Americans, as well as black families, at an estimated total cost of about $955 billion.
Matt Bowman

Straight Up Conversation: My Tech High CEO Matt Bowman

My Tech High partners with innovative public school districts to offer tuition-free, home-centered education programs to 5,000 students, primarily in Utah.

Three Thoughts on the Special Olympics Fiasco

On occasion, policymakers have won through on once-unpopular proposals. But this requires diligence, constancy, and principle—traits the Trump administration seems to lack.
Lynette Guastaferro

Straight Up Conversation: Teaching Matters CEO Lynette Guastaferro

Lynette Guastaferro is the CEO of Teaching Matters, which currently serves 237 urban schools. Their programs include Early Reading Matters, which coaches teachers on how to better teach reading skills.
Michael W. Kirst

A State School Board that Works

In California, the state board of education works with the governor to accomplish long-term policy goals.

Resilience, Hope, and the Power of the Collective: What Puerto Rico Can Teach the States about Education Reform

People don’t talk about “scaling” solutions in Puerto Rico. They create solutions and hope that others will do the same.

Reflections on a Four-Year Sentence

What I learned serving as a state school board member

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