Category Education Policy

GW WonkCast S2E11: American Indian Education

Join us as co-Host Katherine Lundie interviews Melissa Emrey-Arras, the Director of Education, Workforce, and Income Security at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), about the state of American Indian education from a program evaluation standpoint. The federal government runs 185 elementary and secondary schools in 23 states for American Indian children that serve over […]

GW WonkCast S2E4: Education Policy and Student Loans

The Perkins federal loan program expired on Sept. 30. In light of this, what is the state of federal loans for education in America? Guest Ashley Walsh, who worked for a federal loan servicer for the Department of Education, joins the GW WonkCast team to discuss education policy and student loans. Listen to hear what […]

GW WonkCast S2E3: Immigration Policy & DACA

Trachtenberg alumni and Policy Analyst at Education Reform Now Janette Martinez joins the GW WonkCast crew to discuss the administration’s efforts to end DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program that had protected nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children from deportation. Janette explains what DACA status means for individuals, the […]

The Unintended Consequences of School Takeovers: A Study of Jackson Public School District

Travis Reginal, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives There is only one step standing between the Jackson Public School District existing as an independent district and being taken over by the Mississippi Department of Education. Jackson Public Schools (JPS), the second-largest school district in Mississippi, is facing a potential state intervention due to several complaints from […]

Behavioral Insights for Policy Design: Education in the Developing World

Shiva Chakravarti Sharma, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives  During the 2010 meeting on the Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations asserted that education is a major catalyst for human development. Delegates argued that rapid advances in education can help achieve other millennium goals, like reducing child mortality and eradicating extreme poverty. Education budgets form an […]

Diversity in Schools: The Real Solution to DC’s Achievement Gap?

Kerry Belodoff, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives There is increasing evidence that school diversity has important cognitive and social benefits for all students. Beyond academic outcomes, diverse schools better prepare students to positively contribute in an increasingly diverse nation. In the wake of recent events that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement, we need […]

Spanish Dual Language Programs Could be the Answer for DC English Language Learners

Ashlynn Profit, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Although K-12 student test scores are on the rise in the District of Columbia across subgroups (e.g. racial ethnic groups, homeless students, students enrolled in special education), achievement gaps still exist throughout the nation’s capital. One group that’s falling behind is English Language Learners (ELLs). In 2014, […]