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Democracy at Risk: The Need for a New Federal Policy in Education

Forum for Education and Democracy, 2008. (PDF, 72 pgs.)

Prepared by Linda Darling-Hammond and George Wood, this report calls on the federal government to payoff the "education debt," invest in a new "Marshall Plan" for teachers and school leaders, support educational research and innovation, and engage and educate local communities.

Crafting A New Vision for High School: How States Can Join Academic and Technical Studies to Promote More Powerful Learning

Southern Regional Education Board, 2008. (PDF, 22 pgs.)

This report outlines challenges states face in combining technical and academic studies for improved learning, provides actions states can take to overcome these challenges, and highlights current best practices and policies.

Counting on Graduation: An Agenda for State Leadership

The Education Trust, 2008. (PDF, 10 pgs.)

An agenda to improve graduation rates and data collection on the rates themselves.

Closing the Expectations Gap 2012

Achieve, Inc., 2012. (PDF, 48 pgs.)

With all 50 states and the District of Columbia having adopted college- and career-ready standards in English and mathematics, Achieve's seventh annual "Closing the Expectations Gap" report shows how all states are aligning those standards with policies to send clear signals to students about what it means to be academically prepared for college and careers after high school graduation.

Choices, Changes, and Challenges: Curriculum and Instruction in the NCLB Era

Center on Education Policy, 2007. (web report)

This report examines the amount of time spent during the school week on core academic subjects and how that allocation of time across subjects has changed since school year 2001-02 when NCLB was enacted.

Childhood Obesity & Schools

National School Boards Association (NSBA), 2010. (web resource)

NSBA shares information on childhood obesity, why it matters for schools, and the role school leaders play in addressing childhood obesity. Find relevant data and research; resources for developing sound policies and practices related to childhood obesity; and examples of school successes in addressing childhood obesity.

Career Academies: Long-Term Impacts on Labor Market Outcomes, Educational Attainment, and Transitions to Adulthood

MDRC, 2008. (PDF, 63 pgs.)

Career Academies have become a widely used high school reform initiative that aims to keep students engaged in school and prepare them for successful transitions to postsecondary education and employment.

Beyond the Basics: Achieving a Liberal Education for All Children

Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, 2007. (web publication)

In the era of NCLB, liberal learning is on the defensive. This report develops the rationale for liberal education in the primary and secondary grades, explores what policymakers and educators at all levels can to do sustain liberal learning, and sketches an unlovely future if we fail.

Analysis Finds Time Stolen From Other Subjects for Math, Reading

Education Week, 2008. (web article)

A report from the Center for Education Policy finds that NCLB is decreasing instruction time in a number of subjects that compose a challenging curriculum.

All Together Now: Sharing Responsibility for the Whole Child

Coalition for Community Schools for ASCD, 2006. (PDF, 23 pgs.)

This paper discusses strategies policymakers and educators can use to provide a more balanced education for students.

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