National Coordinator, Broader Bolder Approach to Education Campaign
Areas of Expertise
Education policy • Early childhood education • Economics of education
Elaine Weiss has served as the national coordinator for the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education (BBA) since 2011, in which capacity she works with three co-chairs, a high-level task force, and multiple coalition partners to promote a comprehensive, evidence-based set of policies to allow all children to thrive. Major publications for BBA include two 2013 reports, Market-Oriented Education Reforms’ Rhetoric Trumps Reality and Mismatches in Race to the Top Limit Educational Improvement. She has also authored over two dozen blogs for the Huffington Post, the Washington Post Answer Sheet, and other publications, and been interviewed for numerous radio shows. Elaine came to BBA from the Pew Charitable Trusts, where she served as project manager for Pew’s Partnership for America’s Economic Success campaign. In that capacity, she worked with researchers to assemble evidence on the economic benefits of early childhood investments and worked with state partners to engage business leaders to promote effective early childhood programs. Ms. Weiss was a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s task force on child abuse, and served as volunteer counsel for clients at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.
Ph.D., Public Policy, George Washington University
J.D., Harvard Law School
B.A., Political Science, University of Maryland at College Park
B.S., Biology, University of Maryland at College Park
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In his new book, From Preschool to Prosperity, Upjohn Institute Senior Economist Timothy Bartik makes a powerful case for the benefits of universal, versus targeted, pre-k.
The Wallethub state school quality rankings that were released earlier this month add to a growing list of such guides. They join those of the Education Law Center, which has ranked state school systems since 2011 using a four-part funding equity model, Students First’s state report cards, and the Brookings Institution Brown Center’s Education Choice and Competition rankings of large urban districts.
The 2014 DC-CAS proficiency scores released yesterday confirm concerns voiced two weeks ago by the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education. Small average gains in math proficiency rates, and basically flat reading scores, which mask even smaller gains among disadvantaged subgroups, as well as actual losses in a few cases, indicate that policies advanced by former Chancellor Michelle Rhee and current Chancellor Kaya Henderson have not benefitted most students and have exacerbated disadvantage for low-income, minority, and English Language Learner students.
Growing up black or Hispanic in the United States today means high odds of living in concentrated poverty: in neighborhoods in which at least 40 percent of the residents are poor.
Closing achievement gaps—disparities in academic achievement between minority and white students, and between low-income and higher-income students—has long been an unrealized goal of U.S.
This piece originally appeared on The Huffington Post.
As Andrew Delbanco all but says in the New York Times Review of Books, the biggest difference between education scholar Diane Ravitch’s new book, Reign of Error, and former DC Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee’s book, Radical, is that the first is based on extensive facts, the second heavily on fiction.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
9:30 – 11:00 am
Russell Senate Office Building Room 385
Constitution Avenue Northeast
Washington, D.C., DC 20002
Three years into implementation of Race to the Top, has the flagship federal education initiative produced the “game-changing” improvements proponents promised?
President Obama would like to leave as part of his legacy substantial improvements in U.S. education. Recognizing the flaws inherent in Race to the Top, reversing the damage it has done, and enacting more comprehensive education policies in the administration's second term could make that legacy a proud one.
High-profile education “reformers” in Washington, D.C., New York, and Chicago have asserted over the past decade that test-based accountability, whether for teachers (D.C.
As an advocate for education policies to help children living in poverty narrow the achievement gap, I, like many others, tend to think of the Bronx, Newark, and East St.