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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

The Bigger Story Behind D.C.’s Graduation Scandal

Education leaders in Washington, D.C., this week released a report on chronic student absenteeism in…

California Must Set Ambitious Goals to Combat Chronic Absenteeism

This piece was published in EdSource on Dec. 12 and draws on FutureEd’s report…

We Can Fix Chronic Absenteeism

Education Week published a joint commentary piece by Attendance Works Director Hedy Chang and…

A Simple Way to Confront School Absences

FutureEd Editorial Director Phyllis W. Jordan partnered with Philip J. Cook, a professor emeritus…

Who’s In: Chronic Absenteeism Under ESSA

When Congress rewrote the federal education law in 2015, lawmakers sought to scale back the…

Tuition Tax Credits: Boon or Boondoggle?

Earlier this summer, we published a blog post by Carl Davis of the Institute…

Op-Ed: The Weakness in D.C.’s Voucher Program

  FutureEd Director Thomas Toch and Editorial Director Phyllis W. Jordan turned our report on…

Vouchers in D.C.: Choosing Not to Choose

In May, after the Republican-controlled Congress renewed the private school voucher program for Washington, D.C.,…

What’s at Stake for Schools in the Health Care Bill?

With the Senate agreeing to vote on a bill that could repeal Obamacare and restructure Medicaid, schools superintendents have…

Voucher Research Shows Decline, Rebound in Scores

Two studies released Monday confirm that students who use vouchers to move to private schools initially lose…

How Did Chronic Absenteeism Become a Thing?

If you look at the accountability systems states are developing to meet federal requirements, you’ll…

Vouchers in Indiana: A Cautionary Tale

With the White House and U.S. Education Department considering federal support for private school choice, FutureEd took…