Bellwether Announces $300,000 in Assembly Grant Program Funding for Both Children’s Scholarship Fund NH and Outschool
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by Zoe Campbell
2d ago
The Assembly Grant Program launched in July 2023 to help families access flexible, personalized learning options. Innovative solutions that help families access funding, information, and guidance are crucial to ensuring that all families – especially those furthest from opportunity – can take advantage of options like extracurricular activities, high-impact tutoring, specialized education supports, and/or alternative learning models.   Phase 1 of the grant program invited applicants to submit their ideas for new solutions. We received more than 150 applications from organizations acr ..read more
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Charting a Course
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by Zoe Campbell
1w ago
Across the nation, innovative learning models are reshaping K-12 education and offering experiences that go beyond traditional classrooms — community-based programs, local summer camps, online courses, university partnerships, and much more. Navigation organizations have become essential allies to families in accessing these opportunities, providing information and personalized guidance to identify suitable learning options and take advantage of available funding.  But navigation organizations face many challenges – including the complexity of direct funding programs, a dearth of data on ..read more
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The Edge of Seventeen: What Does It Mean To Be a Young Adult in America in 2024?
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by Zoe Campbell
3w ago
When is someone considered an adult?  Throughout modern American history, policymakers have usually addressed these questions piecemeal, without much regard for the standard they or their predecessors set on other issues. The result is a patchwork of policies on age restrictions without a clear set of guiding principles — mirroring society’s broader lack of clarity about what “adulting” means in 2024.  This confusion has real-world consequences not just for the young people whose lives are shaped to varying degrees by incoherent policies, but also for institutions that have to enforc ..read more
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Leveling the Landscape: An Analysis of K-12 Funding Inequities Within Metro Areas
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by Zoe Campbell
1M ago
At their best, K-12 public school systems can be engines of social and economic mobility. Unfortunately, schools in lower-income districts — whose students have the greatest academic needs — often receive less funding than their counterparts in more affluent districts.    Discussions about closing these funding gaps usually zoom all the way out to the state level or all the way down to the district level. But a big part of the problem lies in how funding is distributed across districts in the same metro area — and in state policies that allow wealthy communities to raise and kee ..read more
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Splitting the Bill: How Do School Finance Systems Support Students With Disabilities?
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by Zoe Campbell
1M ago
Education finance is a critical lever for change in every school across the country — one that can level the playing field or exacerbate long-standing inequities. Nowhere is that tension more prevalent than in funding for students with disabilities. Although Bellwether’s Splitting the Bill series primarily focuses on state-level funding systems, a set of issue briefs about special education funding depart from this focus due to the prominent role federal policy plays in shaping how states and districts fund services for special education students.     Since 1975, the Individuals with Disa ..read more
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Splitting the Bill: Special Education Briefs
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by Zoe Campbell
1M ago
Nationally, students with disabilities make up 14.7% of the population of public school students, increasing from 13.2% in 2016. Students with disabilities bring many assets to schools and communities and often require specialized support to meet educational goals, particularly in general education settings. Since 1975, federal law has guaranteed the right of children with disabilities to receive the educational services they require to be successful beginning in infancy and extending to age 21. The federal government plays a substantial role in funding special education services, allocating m ..read more
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Finding a Way Forward: An Analysis of Federal Policy and Learner Pathways
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by Zoe Campbell
1M ago
Young people need clear pathways to navigate from K-12 education into careers that align with their interests, strengths, and life goals. But they often lack the information, support, and access to choose and complete postsecondary pathways that are right for them.  The federal government can play an important role in bridging this gap, by providing guidance and funding to help states develop and support high-quality postsecondary pathways that provide the training, education, and credentials learners need. Delivering on this potential requires stronger, more cohesive, more equitable ..read more
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Dollars and Degrees: A Bellwether Series on Higher Education Finance Equity
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by Zoe Campbell
2M ago
Most Americans today need some education beyond high school to secure a well-paying job, and higher education is a key factor in social and economic mobility. But higher education is not accessible to all students.  Public investments in higher education are critical to expanding access to these opportunities and ensuring institutions can operate high-quality programs of study. However, it’s not always clear how postsecondary funding systems work or the extent to which they are meeting the changing needs of students, institutions, and states.  Dollars and Degrees is an ongoing series ..read more
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Strengthening State Higher Education Funding: Lessons Learned From K-12
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by Zoe Campbell
2M ago
Most Americans today need some education beyond high school to secure a well-paying job, and higher education is a key factor in social and economic mobility. But higher education is not accessible to all students.  To further equalize opportunity, states must understand options for improving the way they fund higher education. America’s public K-12 system has been grappling with similar funding disparities for decades — challenges that offer important lessons for postsecondary funding.  Bellwether’s analysis, Strengthening State Higher Education Funding: Lessons Learned From K-12, i ..read more
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Splitting the Bill: A Bellwether Series on Education Finance Equity
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by Zoe Campbell
2M ago
Education finance sets the foundation for what is possible in every school in the country. Education finance equity is critical to leveling the playing field for underserved students in under-resourced schools. But in too many states, the education funding system remains inequitable, inadequate, and opaque to all but a few. Even state school finance systems designed to reflect strong principles around equity can be rife with technical pitfalls or loopholes that jeopardize the realization of those principles for students and schools.  How can states make school funding formulas work more ..read more
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