From Thomas Toch <[email protected]>
Subject Navigating Covid, Advocacy Strategies, and a Schools Agenda for the Next President
Date September 16, 2020 1:53 PM
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Dear Colleagues,

Between the pandemic, politics, and the nation’s reckoning with racial inequity, it has been an extraordinary summer. And now comes the start of one of the most disruptive school years in history. On an encouraging note, it is hard not to be impressed by the many efforts of education organizations to help schools and colleges navigate the challenges they are facing.

The Pandemic
Like others, FutureEd has sought to support education policymakers and practitioners as they respond to the Covid crisis. With The Hunt Institute, we examined how governors ([link removed][UNIQID]) have used the $3 billion in discretionary funds that Congress granted them in the CARES Act. Senior Fellows Andrew Buher and Mario Ramirez of Opportunity Labs, outlined ([link removed][UNIQID]) a strategy to strengthen the capacity of local public health agencies, important but under-resourced partners to schools and colleges responding to the fast-changing pandemic landscape, in an essay first published by Politico.

Editorial Director Phyllis Jordan and Attendance Works Director Hedy Chang made recommendations ([link removed][UNIQID]) for tracking student attendance under distance learning and our partners at Education Resource Strategies shared ([link removed][UNIQID]) innovative ways that school districts can redeploy teachers to strengthen remote learning. We tracked the federal government's distribution of aid ([link removed][UNIQID]) to schools and colleges, and we partnered with The 74 to profile states’ school-reopening policies ([link removed][UNIQID]) . And Research Associate Rachel Grich explored the impact of the pandemic and resulting economic meltdown on the free-college movement
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Politics and Policy
As the Republican and Democratic conventions got underway, we released strategies ([link removed][UNIQID]) for the next administration to improve public education for the nation’s disadvantaged students. We examined Democrat Kamala Harris’s evolving approach to student truancy ([link removed][UNIQID]) during her years as California’s attorney general. And we profiled one of Joe Biden’s top education advisors, Carmel Martin, in an infographic ([link removed][UNIQID]) .
In July, we released Experiments in Advocacy: What Works and Why ([link removed][UNIQID]) , the latest report in our AdvocacyLabs series. Written by Marc Porter Magee of 50CAN, the report distills insights from the growing number of rigorous experimental research studies of effective advocacy campaigns.

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Evidence in Education
FutureEd and Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy are hosting a Zoom panel discussion today of the new book Common Sense: What’s Missing from Evidence-Based Education Policy ([link removed][UNIQID]) .
It's a probing account of the strengths and many weaknesses of the massive education research enterprise by FutureEd research advisor and McCourt associate professor Nora Gordon and Carrie Conaway of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The event starts at 2 p.m., Eastern. Register here ([link removed][UNIQID]) and read an excerpt from the book here ([link removed][UNIQID]) .

You can read all of our work, as well as the latest leadership changes ([link removed][UNIQID]) in the education sector and upcoming education webinars ([link removed][UNIQID]) at ([link removed][UNIQID]) .

Thanks and best wishes,


Thomas Toch
Director, FutureEd
McCourt School of Public Policy
Georgetown University
[email protected]
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