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Phyllis W. Jordan is FutureEd's associate director, writing about education policy and editing the work of our fellows and others. Jordan has written extensively for FutureEd about student absenteeism and Covid relief spending. 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 also 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 Funding Means for K-12 Schools

(Updated 9/29) School districts and charter school organizations that have committed but not yet spent…

Why $10 Billion for School Ventilation Matters for Learning

As school districts and charter schools begin spending down an unprecedented infusion of…

Billion Dollar Question: How Connecticut School Districts Plan to Spend Covid-Relief Funds

Across Connecticut, the Covid pandemic has left an indelible stamp on student…

Why We Shouldn’t Use Covid-Relief Funds to Harden Schools

This essay was published in The Hill. It is perhaps inevitable that…

Financial Trends in Local Schools’ Covid-Aid Spending

(Updated with June 7 data) More than a year after Congress approved $122 billion…

Covid School Aid Spending Trends in Red, Blue States

It has been a long time since so many education issues have been so politically…

Covid-Aid Spending Trends by City, Suburban, Rural School Districts

(Updated with June 7 data) The Covid pandemic can look different in a small rural…

How Medicaid Can Help Schools Sustain Support for Students’ Mental Health

Among the Covid-19 pandemic’s most pernicious aftershocks is its impact on student…

How to Read a Covid-Relief Plan

With billions in federal Covid-relief aid flowing to schools, the question on everyone’s mind is…

School Districts’ Post-Covid Strategies for Summer Learning

Summer has traditionally been a time when students lose some of the skills they gained…

An Analysis of Local School Districts’ Ambitious Post-Covid Tutoring Plans

  In his State of the Union address, President Joe Biden called on local educators…

How District Poverty Levels Influence Covid-Relief Spending

(Updated with June 7 data) For decades, many school districts with the largest share of students…

National, Regional Trends in Educators’ Covid-Relief Spending

(Updated) With billions to spend in Covid-relief money, school districts and charters in every region…

Using Covid Relief Funds to Advance Student and Staff Health

For all the talk about the pandemic’s impact on academic achievement, the coronavirus crisis remains…

New Data: School Spending in the Time of Covid

Public school spending increased during fiscal year 2020 even as the coronavirus pandemic kept many schools closed,…

Covid Relief Playbook: Smart Strategies for Investing Federal Funding

Disrupted for more than a year by the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. public education…

Designing Summer Programs That Students Want to Attend

As school districts and states scramble to use federal Covid relief aid to help students…

Present Danger: Solving the Deepening Student Absenteeism Crisis

States and school districts nationwide have reported higher student absenteeism during the pandemic, with schools…

Why Investing in Ventilation Could Pay Dividends for Learning

Once relegated to those dry, dull school board discussions about facilities, ventilation is having a…

The Striking Racial and Gender Bias in Classrooms and How to Address It

This commentary was published in The 74. Education research is replete with studies that…

Education in the 2021 State of the State Addresses

When governors delivered their State of the State addresses this winter — often via…

Kamala Harris’s Surprising Evolution on Truancy

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

With an Influx of Covid Relief Funds, States Spend on Schools

This piece and interactive maps were published in The 74. Asked by the U.S. Education…

How Schools and Colleges Are Innovating During the Pandemic

FutureEd partnered with The New York Times for this story that appeared in the Oct.

The Challenge of Taking Attendance in Remote Learning

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

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…

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…