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Lawmakers Dabble in Early Education Reform | EdCentral

  • By
  • Clare McCann,
  • New America Foundation
August 19, 2014 |
In our recent report, Beyond Subprime Learning: Accelerating Progress in Early Education, we put forth dozens of recommendations for federal, state, and local policymakers; teacher preparation programs at colleges and universities; community organizations; and school leaders to help the field better meet the needs of young children and their families and improve access to high-quality early education opportunities.

A Case of Mistaken Identity: The New York Times Mixes up Higher Education and Workforce Development | EdCentral

  • By
  • Mary Alice McCarthy,
  • New America Foundation
August 19, 2014 |
Federally-funded job training programs have a reputation problem in the United States, often serving as scapegoats for the very problems they are trying to alleviate – unemployment, skill gaps, and economic insecurity, to name a few. But they’ve never been held responsible for students taking on large amounts of debt to finance their education.

Despite All The Conspiracy Theories, Common Core Is Actually Just Boring | TPM

  • By
  • Conor Williams,
  • New America Foundation
August 13, 2014 |
Folks on both sides of the Common Core fight are getting increasingly serious. Common Core supporters are warning each other about the dangers of dismissing their opponents as “crazies.” And on the other side, at a recent Glenn-Beck-sponsored event, militant Common Core opponents suggested that Common Core skeptics should quit trying to link the standards to a “communist takeover” or “brainwashing” (to be fair, this came on a night where Common Core were attacked for trying to “cash in your children”).

Making the Hours Count

  • By
  • Alex Holt,
  • New America Foundation
August 6, 2014
With growing public interest in how states and localities provide access to pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, policymakers are increasingly being forced to confront the numerous, contradictory ways in which children’s learning opportunities are measured. Labels like “half-day” and “full-day” have become widely embraced by state and local governments offering pre-K and kindergarten, but these terms have come to take on widely varying meanings.

No, Millennials Are Not All Libertarians | The Nation

  • By
  • Alex Holt,
  • New America Foundation
July 30, 2014 |
Young Americans’ fondness for high-tech innovation could suit our need to shake up the political system.
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