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Bill de Blasio has promised pre-K for all 4-year-olds. Can it get done? | Vox

July 23, 2014
"New York is trying in a matter of six months to build the entire system that DC's got twice or three times over," says Conor Williams, a senior researcher on early education at the New America Foundation. "Don't get me wrong, they have some really smart people… Barring someone with supernatural powers, I just don't know how they get this done in the time they have allotted."

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Colleges Must Help Further The Goals Of Common Core Standards, Report Says | Chronicle Of Higher Education

July 22, 2014

The report's author, Lindsey Tepe, a program associate in the New America Foundation's Education Policy Program, welcomed their involvement but said colleges needed to play a more active role in working with schools to define the standards.

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Republicans Have Made Up Their Minds About Common Core | State Impact

June 30, 2014

As the New America Foundation’s Conor P. Williams wrote last week, Common Core supporters have an enthusiasm problem. That’s because people who see the standards as a reasonable idea aren’t likely to work as hard in support of Common Core as opponents are against the standards.

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The Top-Ranked Teacher Education Program Doesn't Have Classes | Vox

June 18, 2014

"You just allow students to move through it at their own pace, and check off the stuff they already know," says Amy Laitinen, deputy director of the education policy program at the New America Foundation, who has written extensively on competency-based ...

Blue on Blue: the Democrats' Education Civil War | Deseret News

June 17, 2014

Conor P. Williams at the New Republic presaged some of this soul-searching earlier this month in a piece assessing where Hillary Clinton might come down on education. He noted that there are two distinct camps in the Democratic party.

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Critics Point To Drawbacks In Starbucks Tuition Program | The New York Times

June 16, 2014

“Given the upfront cost, it pushes a lot of risk onto the student,” Rachel Fishman, an education policy analyst at the New America Foundation, wrote in a blog post dissecting the program. One class is usually worth three credits, and Arizona State ...

New York Gov. Cuomo May Face Primary Challenge from Progressive Democrat | The Washington Post

June 12, 2014

“There’s a very real possibility that the Democratic Party is about to undergo a powerful shift on education policy.” That is how a recent article in The New Republic began. Author Conor Williams argues that the education policies of the Obama administration’s Race to the Top have divided the party into two camps—those who embrace traditional values, such as equitable funding for schools, and those who embrace test-based accountability reforms.

EWA National Seminar: How to Tell a Compelling Story | Education Writers Association

May 28, 2014

Lisa Guernsey’s advice? Be fair, be evidence-based, and be measured in your writing. The former journalist now directs the Early Education Initiative at the New America Foundation, which won Best Blog in EWA’s national awards. She says it was “tricky,” switching from a newspaper environment to the policy sphere, where writers have to assume more authority in their prose—and that makes it all the more important to fact-check yourself. As writers carve out expertise in specific issue areas, it’s sometimes easy to fall back on stock phrases or oft-cited statistics without much thought.

Why All Screen Time Isn’t Created Equally | The Hechinger Report

May 23, 2014

The thought is so alluring that parents often ask early education teachers what the best apps are, said Lisa Guernsey, speaking at the national seminar of the Education Writer’s Association in Nashville this week.

The next question gets asked just as often, said Guernsey, whose book Screen Time, looks at ways electronic media affect young children.

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Debate Over Common Core in Marshfield Boils Over | Marshfield News Herald

May 9, 2014

“It looks like he’s setting a new record, or at least it’s close to the record, in terms of the weirdest things I’ve heard yet about the Common Core,” said Conor Williams, a senior education policy researcher at the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan public policy institute.

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