Explainers

Primers on Issues in the News

A Primer on Student-Based Budgeting

School district superintendents have to make hundreds of decisions every year, from weather-based school closings…

The Supreme Court and the School Choice Debate

While the Democratic presidential candidates have been criticizing the expansion of charter schools in public…

The Geography of Risk: Skipping School Vaccinations

The measles outbreak earlier this year prompted some states to reconsider their approach to…

Where College is Already Free

Research and graphic by FutureEd Research Associate Rachel Grich   The…

How $7 Billion Helped Students in Distressed Schools

The New York Times Learning section created a graphic representation of the findings from…

New Strategies for Measuring Poverty in Schools

    For decades, the federal Free and Reduced-Price Lunch (FRL)…

Elevating Teaching and Learning in Tennessee

A FutureEd report, Scaling Reform, documents how Tennessee has enhanced its learning standards for…

Tapping Federal Dollars to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed by President Obama in late 2015, requires schools…

How Did ESSA’s “Non-Academic” Indicator Get So Academic?

When Congress rewrote the federal No Child Left Behind Act to give states greater…

What We Know—And Need to Know—About Private-School Choice

Private-school choice is at the top of the Trump administration’s education agenda. And it’s expanding…

Elevating Teaching Lifts a City’s Schools

Read the story: How D.C, Schools are Revolutionizing Teaching Infographic by …

Candice Jackson: In Her Own Words

Candice Jackson, the acting chief of the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, calls…

Private School Choice Across the States

With President Donald Trump pledging to spend federal money to send students to private schools,…