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Phyllis W. Jordan is FutureEd's editorial director. An experienced writer and editor, Jordan served in senior editing positions at the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post, where she managed a team of 40 reporters and her responsibilities included editing the newspaper's education coverage. Jordan has served as the communications director at Attendance Works, a San Francisco-based national nonprofit focused on improving the policy, research and practice around school attendance, and as a vice-president of the Hatcher Group, a communications firm that works exclusively with foundations and nonprofit organizations. At Hatcher, Jordan worked on a range of education initiatives, across print, digital, and social media platforms, including the crafting of a communications strategy for the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading to improve early literacy. Jordan holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Sweet Briar College.

Work by Phyllis W. Jordan

What Congressional Covid Funding Means for K-12 Schools

(Updated 10/21) The coronavirus outbreak has upended the way schools are operating, and the…

Kamala Harris’s Surprising Evolution on Truancy

Much has been written about Kamala Harris’s decision as San Francisco district attorney to threaten…

This Year, States and Districts Can’t Count on Enrollment Counts

It’s the time of year when schools traditionally take their “enrollment snapshots” to determine the…

The Challenge of Taking Attendance in Remote Learning

This piece ran as a commentary in The 74. In suburban Detroit, a teenage girl was…

How Governors Are Using Their CARES Act Education Dollars

Back in March, when the coronavirus crisis first shuttered schools and universities, Congress dedicated some…

The Discarded International Students Rule and Trump’s Agenda

An earlier version of this commentary piece appeared in The Hill. Forget for a moment…

Attendance Playbook: Smart Solutions for Reducing Chronic Absenteeism in the Covid Era

Amid the economic and health consequences of the coronavirus crisis and heightened anger over racism…

Bringing College Courses to Disadvantaged High Schools

This piece was published in The 74. Leaders at selective colleges and universities often…

Fighting Coronavirus with National Service

This piece appeared as a commentary in The Hill. This May, more than…

Chronic Absenteeism in the Time of Coronavirus

The spread of coronavirus, the need for “social distancing,” and the shuttering of schools in…

From Teacher Pay to Free College, What Governors Want

Governors’ annual State of the State addresses are windows into what’s likely to be at…

Can School Climate Surveys Measure School Quality?

This commentary was originally published in The 74. School climate and student engagement…

Reducing Chronic Absenteeism in the Nation’s Capital

This piece was initially published by the D.C. Policy Center. In the two years…

What Free College Could Mean for Small Private Colleges

The occasion was the inauguration of our college’s new president. A friend and I ran…

What LeBron James Can Teach Us About Chronic Absenteeism

Amid the fanfare over the public school that NBA star LeBron James opened last year…

School Climate Surveys in State ESSA Plans

School climate and student engagement have emerged as key elements in promoting academic success. Recognizing…

A Better Way to Handle Student Loan Debt

This commentary was initially published in The Hill. When it comes to relieving student…

How Moving the Poverty Line Could Harm Schools and Students

The Trump administration wants to redefine the way we set the poverty line in this…

‘Walking School Bus’ Drives Better Attendance

The first stop on the “walking school bus” route came with a quick rap on…

How Education and Health Sectors Can Collaborate

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls integrating health and education initiatives “an untapped…

What Education Leaders Can Do to Stop the Spread of Measles

This piece was published by The 74. The surge in measles cases across the United…

After Reforming Public Education, Why Subsidize Private Schools?

This piece was also published in The Tennessean. Update: The bill was signed into…

The Toll That Measles Outbreaks Take on Schools

There is a post circulating on Facebook from a young mother asking for advice on…

Vouchers Versus Reform in Tennessee

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee recently signed into law (updated May 24) a plan for education savings…

A New Ally in the Fight Against Absenteeism: Pediatricians

As school districts across the country dig into the hard work of combating chronic…

The School Improvement Gains Nobody’s Talking About

In Houston, high doses of tutoring helped raise test scores at struggling secondary schools. In…

Visiting Families at Home Leads to Better School Attendance

What if you could improve a student’s attendance and achievement by getting to know his…

Parsing the Plan to Expand D.C.’s Voucher Program

The Heritage Foundation recently released a report championing the District of Columbia’s Opportunity Scholarship…

Nudging Students and Families to Better Attendance

As many as 8 million U.S. public school students struggle academically simply because they miss…

The Educators’ Case for Preserving Medicaid

When Congress considered gutting Medicaid last year, school superintendents and other educators spoke out to…