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Challenge for Pre-K Recruitment: Lagging Latino Enrollment | The New York World

April 4, 2014

Conor Williams, senior researcher at the New America Foundation’s Education Policy Program, said that building a single, standard application process can help alleviate class and racial disparities in pre-K enrollment.

“A unified system would reduce the potential for more affluent parents with the wherewithal to apply to every program from gaming the system,” said Williams.

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Let the Best Charters Grow, Make the Worst Charters Close | National Review online

April 1, 2014

Conor Williams of the New America Foundation laments that charter schools are at best “a mild corrective to inequity,” drawing on his own experience as a parent enrolling his child in the District of Columbia public schools. He observes that because high-quality neighborhood schools are inaccessible to those who can’t afford to live in their catchment areas, middle- and low-income parents have turned to charter schools.

Ryan Budget Outlines Steep Cuts to Education

April 1, 2014

But because the budget sticks to the caps that Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) agreed on last fall, it could make things easier on appropriators in the coming months, said Clare McCann, a policy analyst at the New America Foundation.

“The House and Senate are actually totally aligned on the non-defense limit and the overall limit,” McCann noted. Since Murray decided to not put out a budget this year, she said, the Ryan budget could become useful messaging.

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House Education Chairman to Push for More Special Education Aid | Education Week

April 1, 2014

What's more, there are significant challenges to boosting funding for special education, said Clare McCann, a policy analyst at the New America Foundation's Federal Education Budget Project.

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Suspensions More Likely For Black Students, Report Finds | Wall Street Journal

March 21, 2014

Laura Bornfreund, deputy director of the Early Education Initiative at New American Foundation, a think-tank based in Washington, D.C., said the early-education statistics are "very troubling but unfortunately not surprising." She added that suspension ...

How to Fix Higher Education | Reuters

March 17, 2014

There are two really deep problems that plague U.S. higher education. The first is the absence of useful and reliable data that students and parents can use to evaluate programs of all kinds. In “College Blackout: How the Higher Education Lobby Fought to Keep Students in the Dark,” Amy Laitinen and Clare McCann of the New America Foundation recount how the private nonprofit higher education lobby has fought against efforts to create a federal student unit record system.

U.S. Senate Approves Bipartisan Child-Care Grant Bill

March 13, 2014

Now there will be pressure on the House to take up the measure, said Laura Bornfreund, the deputy director of the Early Education Initiative at the New America Foundation. “There seems to be a general feeling that we need to improve [early-childhood ...

Congressional Talk Swirls Around Early-Education Proposals | Education Week News

February 20, 2014

That legislation seems to have a much better shot in a Congress consumed with trimming spending than the administration's plan to vastly expand the federal role in helping states spread high-quality early-childhood programs, said Clare McCann, a policy ...

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