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Fiscal 2019 proposal would spend billions on defense and infrastructure, advocates call plan "devastating" to critical K-12 programs

The fiscal 2019 budget put forth by the Trump administration today would spend billions of dollars more than the federal government will take in, breaking promises to balance the federal budget, yet K-12 education is once again shortchanged. Members of the Learning First Alliance spoke out against the proposal as...

Former First Lady Michelle Obama reminds us of the important role that school counselors and other educators play every day in fostering civil discourse.

How does one begin a discussion on the strength of our society—one that is becoming more important with each passing day? The erosion of civil discourse has presented a new normal, with the continued use, by political and government leaders, of increasingly vulgar terms to describe those who disagree with...

AASA, the School Superintendents Association, has announced its finalists for 2018 Superintendent of the Year

AASA, The School Superintendents Association, recently announced the four finalists for the 2018 Superintendent of the Year, a program graciously sponsored by VALIC and First Student. This is our opportunity to showcase four champions for children and put outstanding school district leaders from communities large and small on the national...

Poll results encouraging for advocates of equity in school funding

In focus groups, voters in the South had a hard time relating the term “equity” to public education, a new report shows. But it’s clear they understand the concept, bringing up inequities organically in conversation and supporting the idea of addressing the differences in quality and funding that exist in...

New compendium identifies successful schools by bringing together common elements and interactions from 12 groups representing educators, policymakers, and parents

The research and best practices behind Learning First Alliance’s new compendium, “The Elements of Success: 10 Million Speak on Schools That Work,” are not necessarily new. But what is unique in this report is how the six major elements fit together into the concepts of consensus and interaction. First, consensus;...

New analysis finds U.S. benchmarks are higher than the rest of the world--so U.S. schools are doing much better than rankings show

It has become part of our nation ’s consciousness to say and believe, “ Our schools don ’t do well when we are compared to other nations. ” But that statement is now proven to be a myth. A major new analysis sheds light on common school accountability benchmarks in...

Making predictions--especially for technology--is a tricky business, but CoSN's CEO Keith Krueger has ideas for meaningful conversations

As 2018 starts, I get lots of questions about what are the “most important” technologies and trends that will impact learning. As head of the Consortium for School Networking, CoSN, it makes sense that our leaders and the media want to know where to focus their attention and budgets to...

Cuba’s education system. Resources to address race-based violence. Policies to send public money to private schools. These were the topics of the Learning First Alliance’s most viewed blog posts of 2017.

Each year we at LFA compile our most popular blog posts, determined by unique pageviews in Google Analytics. As always, in addition to covering a wide range of topics, this list reflects the contributions of a number of the leading education associations representing the local practitioners, parents and policymakers working...

New study reveals a promising strategy to address the implicit biases that can hinder student achievement.

I’ve long been a fan of the Parent-Teacher Home Visit Project and their model for home visits (see, for example, a post I wrote for Edutopia highlighting it back in 2015). This model, developed by parents and teachers, includes a structured opportunity for teachers to visit the families of students...

A Washington-based advocate shadows a high school principal for a day, and sees how this principal has used instructional leadership to build a new literacy and stronger teaching force

By Amanda Karhuse, Director of Advocacy at NASSP I started my day at Loudoun County High School (LCHS) in Leesburg, VA, feeling excited and a little nervous at the same time. Although I spend most of my days speaking on behalf of principals and advocating for their interests on Capitol...