K-12

State Education Ballot Measures

Along with many new policymakers elected in 2016, states had varying education policy measures on the ballot. Voters in at least 17 states...

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Public-Private Partnerships – A “Match” Made in Heaven?

Education Commission of the States’ recent State Policymaker’s STEM Playbook notes that one of three key ingredients for a successful...

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Changes in State Education Leadership

Note: this blog post was updated on Dec. 15, 2016, with final election results. The enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)...

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Incentivizing Civic Learning and Engagement

A vibrant democracy depends on the informed and active participation of citizens. A dedicated group of Colorado high school students did...

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K-12’s Role in College Affordability

A presenter at the STEM Funders Network last week in Denver commented that it is great there is a push for free community college; however,...

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School Leadership Matters: Illinois leading reforms in principal preparation

This is a guest blog post by James Applegate, Executive Director, Illinois Board of Higher Education and Janet Holt, Executive Director,...

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New Resources Available: Mapping opportunities for the arts in ESSA

 By now the education community is well aware of the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). From the moment that ESSA was...

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Why Don’t We Just Smoke, Drink and Gamble our Way to a Better Public Education System?

In meeting-after-meeting in state-after-state I’ve been asked the same question, “Isn’t there some new way that we can fund public...

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What We Didn’t Say in the STEM Playbook

This is a guest blog post by Tamara L. Goetz, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Utah STEM Action Center. Everyone loves to tell a good...

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NAF’s Commitment to Be STEM Ready

This is a guest blog post by NAF, a national network of education, business and community leaders who work together to ensure high school...

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