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Post-Covid Recovery

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What Congressional Funding Means for K-12 Schools

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Educators and ESSER: How Pandemic Spending Is Reshaping the Teaching Profession

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6 Ways to Breakdown How Districts are Spending Federal Covid Aid

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The Churn

The latest leadership changes in the education sector

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Clarence Wardell III, who was the chief data and equity officer for the White House’s ARP implementation team, has joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a senior program officer for economic mobility and opportunity.

February 2023

Matt Frendewey, vice president of strategy and executive engagement at ExcelinEd, is joining yes. every kid. foundation as vice president of strategy.

February 2023

Tony Sanders, superintendent of the U-46 school district in Elgin, Illinois, has been named Illinois’ next state superintendent of education.

February 2023

Richard Corcoran, a former Florida education commissioner, will become interim president of New College in Sarasota, Florida, in March after trustees fired current president Patricia Okker.

February 2023

Jonathan P. Moore, who was deputy superintendent for student achievement at the Nevada Department of Education, has been named chief strategy officer for the Council of Chief State School Officers.

February 2023

Jessica Cardichon, deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Education Department’s Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, will become education policy director for new Senate HELP Committee chair Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.)

February 2023

John L. Jackson, Jr.,  dean of the Annenberg School for Communication, has been named provost of the University of Pennsylvania.

January 2023

Hans Goff, formerly of Amazon and the office of the assistant speaker for the U.S. House of Representatives, is now the vice president of advocacy and government affairs at Democrats for Education Reform and its affiliate organization Education Reform Now.

January 2023

Jordan Wicker, who was executive director of the Invest in Student Advancement Alliance, has been named vice president of government relations at Career Education Colleges and Universities.

January 2023

Nemat “Minouche” Shafik, president of the London School of Economics, has been named as the next president of Columbia University.

January 2023

Eric Waldo, former executive director of Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative, has been named president and CEO of the District of Columbia College Access Program, the city’s largest scholarship program.

January 2023

Laura Hamilton, who was an associate vice president at ETS, has moved to the American Institutes for Research to become senior director of education measurement and assessment.

January 2023

Frances Messano, president of the New Schools Venture Fund, has become CEO of the philanthropy

January 2023

Sadie Stockdale Jefferson, who was executive director for the Children First Fund and a former deputy chief of staff in Chicago Public Schools, has been named executive director of the University of Chicago Education Lab.

January 2023

Ellen Granberg, provost of the Rochester Institute of Technology, has been named president of George Washington University, the first woman to hold the post.

January 2023

Ramin Taheri, who was chief of staff for the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, is now CEO for Magnet Schools of America.

January 2023

Lindsay Fryer, who was a senior vice president at the Penn-Hill Group, is now president and founding principal of Lodestone DC, a government relations, lobbying, and consulting firm.

January 2023

Regan Kelly, who was a managing partner at TNTP, has joined Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies as director of education grant making.

January 2023

Jill Hawley, who was a senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is now vice president of philanthropy for Gary Community Ventures.

January 2023

Jessica Johnson, who was senior vice president for policy, practice, and systems change at the American Institutes for Research, is joining Education Northwest as chief program and development officer.

January 2023

Joe Graves, superintendent of the Mitchell School District in South Dakota, has been named the state’s next education secretary.  He replaces Tiffany Sanderson, who has taken a job as president of Lake Area Technical College.

January 2023

Sarah Mehrotra, who was a senior data and policy analyst at Education Trust, is a now a special assistant in the U.S. Education Department’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.

January 2023

Amanda Beaumont, who was deputy education policy director on the Senate HELP Committee, is now director of federal relations at the University of Michigan, leading up their education policy work.

January 2023

Jacob Oliva, senior chancellor at Florida’s Department of Education, has become Arkansas’s secretary of education.

January 2023

Umut Ozek, principal economist at CALDER/AIR, is moving to the RAND Corporation as a senior economist.

January 2023

Ben Sasse, a Republican U.S. senator from Nebraska, has resigned from the Senate to become president of the University of Florida.

January 2023

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Jacqueline Rodriguez, vice president of research, policy and advocacy at American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, will become CEO of the National Center for Learning Disabilities

January 2023

John B. King, president of Education Trust and former U.S. secretary of education, has been named chancellor of The State University of New York system.

January 2023

Zahava Stadler, special assistant for state funding and policy at Education Trust, is joining New America as project director for a new Education Funding Equity Initiative.

January 2023

Tomás Hanna, chief talent officer for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, will become associate superintendent for secondary schools for the Philadelphia School District.

December 2022

Evelyn Nuñez, chief of schools the Philadelphia School District, will become associate superintendent of elementary schools for the district.

December 2022

Mike Herbstmann, chief financial officer of the Prince George’s County School District in Maryland, will become chief financial officer for the Philadelphia School District.

December 2022

Patrick Tutwiler, the former Lynn Public Schools superintendent and headmaster at Boston Public Schools who now serves as the senior program officer at the Boston-based Barr Foundation, has been named Massachusetts’ next secretary of education.

December 2022

Wesley Whistle, policy director for New America’s higher education program, is joining the U.S. Education Department to work on higher education issues.

December 2022

Claudine Gay, dean of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, will become Harvard University’s 30th president on July 1.

December 2022

Adam Phyall, director of technology and media services for Newton County School System in Covington, Georgia, has been named director of professional learning and leadership at All4Ed.

November 2022

Enrique A. Chaurand, who has led communications and marketing teams at UnidosUS and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, will become vice president of communications and marketing at All4Ed.

November 2022

Greg Toppo, a former lead education writer at USA Today and past president of the Education Writers Association, has joined the staff of The 74.

November 2022

David R. Schuler, superintendent of High School District 214 in Arlington Heights, Ill., and the 2018 National Superintendent of the Year, has been named executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association. He will replace Daniel A. Domenech, who is retiring in February.

November 2022

Natasha Ushomirsky, state director for Massachusetts at Education Trust, is joining the Barr Foundation’s education team as senior program officer.

November 2022

Katie Zaback, an education consultant who served in the Colorado Department of Higher Education, is joining Colorado Succeeds as vice president of governmental affairs.

November 2022

Jessie Mandle, who was deputy director of Voices for Utah Children, is now national program director for the Healthy Schools Campaign.

November 2022

Dana Goldstein, a long-time education reporter at The New York Times, is moving off the beat to cover family policy, demographics and sociology. Vimal Patel is shifting from the Times’ Express desk to cover free speech in education. Jacey Fortin and Sarah Mervosh joined the education desk earlier in fall 2o22.

November 2022

Jenny Curtin, who was a senior program officer at the Barr Foundation, has been appointed as the foundation’s director of education.

November 2022

Jack Stripling, a leadership and accountability reporter at The Chronicle of Higher Education, is joining The Washington Post’s education team as an investigative reporter focused on universities and colleges.

November 2022

Denise Forte, who was serving as interim CEO of Education Trust, has been named to the position permanently.

October 2022

Casey Haugner Wrenn, who was executive director of student readiness and early postsecondary at the Tennessee Department of Education, is now director of career readiness at Education Strategy Group.

October 2022

Brian Prescott, vice president of  the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), has been named president of the organization. He replaces Sally Johnstone, who is retiring.

October 2022

Scott Montgomery, who spent years in senior positions at ACT before leaving to run a Christian school in Iowa, is returning to ACT as vice president of strategic initiatives.

October 2022

Nicholas Munyan-Penney, who was a senior policy analyst at Education Reform Now, is joining Education Trust as assistant director of P12 policy.

October 2022

Kortne Edogun-Ticey, an education consultant and former administrator in Washington, D.C.’s Office of the State Superintendent, is now a senior advisor in the U.S. Education Department’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.

October 2022

Tim Farrell, senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Military Child Education Coalition, has been named CEO of United Through Reading, a program that supports read-aloud programs for military families.

October 2022

Chelsea Montgomery, executive director of the Office of Student Supports in Georgia’s Fulton County Schools, has been named assistant superintendent of student services for Atlanta Public Schools.

October 2022

Jessica Sutter, an education consultant and president of the D.C. State Board of Education in joining the team at the Institute for Citizens & Scholars as the portfolio partner for youth civic development.

October 2022

Bernadine Futrell, who was director for the Office of Head Start at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has moved to the Education Department as deputy assistant secretary of education for equity and discretionary grants and support services.

October 2022

Marlon Marshall, a partner at the City Fund and former Obama administration official, has been named CEO of the City Fund. He replaces Neerav Kingsland, who is joining City Fund’s board.

October 2022

Blanchi Roblero, who was chief of staff of the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs at the U.S. Department of Education, is now deputy assistant secretary for that office.

January 2022

Education, By the Numbers

FutureEd Index

Curriculum Changes, 2022

  • 24%

    Teachers who altered their curricula in response to the limitations placed on how they can address topics related to race or gender

Source: RAND

Universal Pre-K

  • 17

    States, plus D.C., with a universal pre-k policy as of January 2023

  • 5

    States with at least 70 percent of 4-year-olds enrolled in pre-K, 2019-20

Source: National Institute for Early Education Research

Tutoring

  • 56%

    Schools that report using high-impact or high-dosage tutoring, 2022

  • 38%

    Schools that report using another form of tutoring

Source: Institute of Education Sciences 2022 School Pulse Panel

Investments in SEL

  • 31%

    School districts in blue states earmarking federal Covid-relief aid for social emotional learning

  • 28%

    School districts in red states

Source: FutureEd Analysis

Math Test Scores in D.C.

  • 31%

    D.C. students scoring proficient in math in 2019

  • 19%

    D.C. students scoring proficient in math in 2022

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Schools

Student-Counselor Ratio

  • 408

    Average number of students per counselor in schools, 2021-22

  • 250

    Recommended number of students per counselor in schools

Source: Chalkbeat

Teacher Starting Salaries 20-21

  • $32,495

    Average starting salary for teachers in Montana

  • $56,313

    Average starting salary for teachers in DC

Source: National Education Association

Per Pupil Expenditures FY20

  • $19,035

    Median per pupil expenditures by school districts in FY20 in the Northeast

  • $10,746

    In the South

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

9th Grade Enrollment

  • 15

    States, plus Washington D.C., that had at least a 5% growth in 9th grade enrollment compared to 2020-21

Source: Burbio data compiled from 35 states and Washington, D.C.

Firearm-related Deaths

  • 4,357

    Firearm-related deaths among children in 2020

  • 30%

    Increase in firearm-related deaths among children between 2019-2020

Source: NPR analysis

Education as a Voter Issue, 2022

  • 82%

    Parents who would vote for someone outside of their political party if their education platform aligned with their views

Source: National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Preschool Enrollment

  • 55%

    3- to 5-year-old children enrolled in school, 2020

  • 66%

    3- to 5-year-old children enrolled in school, 2019

Source: NCES

Attendance Rates in NYC

  • 41%

    Students chronically absent in New York City, 2021-22

  • 27%

    Students chronically absent in New York City pre-pandemic

Source: NYC Department of Education

State Rates of Absenteeism

  • 35.7%

    Students chronically absent during the 2020-21 school year in Kentucky

  • 2.1%

    Students chronically absent during the 2020-21 school year in Wyoming

Source: Ed Data Express

A National Look at Attendance

  • 10.1 million

    Students who were chronically absent during 2020-21 school year

  • 8 million

    Students who were chronically absent pre-pandemic

Source: Attendance Works

Charter School Demographics 20-21

  • 35%

    Public charter school students that are Hispanic

  • 24%

    Public charter school students that are Black

Source: National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Charter School Laws

  • 45

    States, plus DC, that have passed laws allowing public charter schools as of Dec. 2022

  • 3.7 million

    Public charter school students in the U.S., 2020-21

Source: National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Enrollment Changes

  • 7%

    Increase in U.S. students enrolled in charter schools in 2020-21

  • 5.6%

    Increase students in homeschooling in 2020-21

Source: National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Principal Stress During the Pandemic

  • 83%

    Principals who reported frequent job-related stress last school year (2020-21)

  • 59%

    Principals who cited supporting teachers’ mental health as a main source of stress

Source: Learn Together Surveys

Projected ESSER III Spending

  • $2.2 billion

    Projected ESSER III spending on psychologists/mental health professionals

  • $1.2 billion

    Projected ESSER III spending on social-emotional learning

Source: FutureEd

Bullying

  • 43%

    Transgender students who reported having been bullied at school, 2019

  • 17%

    Cisgender students

Source: The Brookings Institution's analysis of the CDC's Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Student Mental Health

  • 28%

    High school students who felt connected to others at school experiencing poor mental health

  • 45%

    High school students who did not feel connected experiencing poor mental health

Source: April 2022 CDC report

Lost Instructional Time

  • 13

    Estimated weeks of lost instruction among students enrolled in low-poverty schools that were remote for most of 2020-21

  • 22

    Among students enrolled in high-poverty schools

Source: The Atlantic

Rebounding FAFSA Completions

  • 4.6%

    Increase in FAFSA completions among the class of 2022

  • 9.1%

    Among students from low-income schools

Source: National College Attainment Network

NAEP Scores 2022

  • 5 points

    Decline in NAEP reading scores between 2020 and 2022

  • 7 points

    Decline in NAEP math scores

Source: National Assessment of Educational Progress 2022

Underqualified Teachers

  • 163,650

    Underqualified teachers currently employed in schools 2022

  • 109,000

    Underqualified teachers employed in 2017

Source: The Annenberg Institute at Brown University EdWorkingPapers

College Tuition Increases

  • 1.6%

    Increase in tuition in 2021-22 for in-state students at public, 4-year institutions

  • 2.1%

    Increase for students at private, nonprofit 4-year institutions

Source: The College Board

Views on Curriculum

  • 81%

    Adults who think parents should have a say in what their child’s school teaches

  • 70%

    Adults who think public schools should teach about the history and effects of racism

Source: Washington Post-ABC News poll

Student Loan Debt by Race

  • 45%

    Black students who owe more than $40k in student loan debt a year after graduation

  • 18%

    White students

Source: Education Data Initiative

Teacher/Student Race

  • 79%

    U.S. public school teachers that identify as white, non-Hispanic

  • 47%

    U.S. public K-12 students that identify as white

Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics

Deep Dives

FutureEd Reports

Comprehensive policy analysis of major issues facing schools and colleges

Leaning In: The New Power of Parents in Public Education

A profile of the changing parent landscape in public education

Invisible Students: The Information Crisis in Early Education

How to build stronger early learning systems post-pandemic

The Big Test: The Future of Statewide Standardized Assessments

The backlash against standardized testing that has changed how states evaluate students

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Racial Equity

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Q&A: Why, and How, We Need to Address School Segregation

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Changing the Narrative: The Push for New Equity Measures in Education

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The Hidden History of Teacher Advocacy in the Civil Rights Movement

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The Churn

The latest leadership changes in the education sector

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FutureEd in the News

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