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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

Nudging Students and Families to Better Attendance

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

Visiting Families at Home Leads to Better Attendance at School

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

The Educators’ Case for Preserving Medicaid

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

Tapping Federal Dollars to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism

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

Writing the Rules for Tackling Chronic Absenteeism

Nearly three quarters of states now include chronic absenteeism in their rubrics for assessing…

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…

Graduation Scandal Shouldn’t Overshadow DCPS Reforms

The recent furor over District of Columbia high schools issuing dubious diplomas has …

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

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

Graduation Scandal Shouldn’t Overshadow DCPS Reforms

The recent furor over District of Columbia high schools issuing dubious diplomas has …

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

Updated 1/30 Education leaders in Washington, D.C., released two reports in recent weeks on…

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

UPDATE: The latest research released in August 2018 shows that Indiana students…