Center for Public Education

Database: Choice Is Clear

Public schools strive to offer the ‘right size’ for each child

Patte Barth

In her January 2017 confirmation hearing, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos dismissed public schools for delivering a “one-size-fits-all model of learning.” This is not the first time Secretary DeVos has made this claim. Nor is she the first to describe public education this way. But they are wrong.

NSBA Center for Public Education study finds public schools offer the broadest range of educational choices

A new report -- “Busting the Myth of ‘one-size-fits all’ Public Education,” -- from the Center for Public Education (CPE) found an abundance of choice in public schools, both in program offerings and school selection. CPE is the research tank for the National School Boards Association (NSBA). The report comes at an opportune time with the increasing focus in Washington, D.C. and state capitals on educational choice.

Database: Missing the Connection

Have we reduced the number of young men and women out of school and out of work?

Naomi Dillon

The term “disconnected youth” was an unfamiliar one to the Center for Public Education, though we certainly knew there were students who struggled in high school and beyond. But we hadn’t realized the extent of the problem when we wrote about it for ASBJ readers in 2013.

Database: Sad, Not Bad

Trauma informed care gets students the help they need

Katharine Carter

Devin refused to comply with simple teacher requests. He would choose to sit on the floor instead of participating in class activities, or he would leave in the middle of class without permission.

Devin’s behavior earned him three suspensions and the label of “troublemaker.”

Database: Giving Parents What They Want

The idea of school choice appeals to parents, but the reality is something else

Patte Barth

School choice advocates got a big boost with the election of the new administration. President Trump had campaigned on a promise to invest $20 billion in private and public school choice. He followed up by naming Betsy DeVos, a leading voice in the nation’s school choice campaign, to lead the U.S. Department of Education.

NSBA Center for Public Education Study Finds Diversity Benefits Students

Alexandria, Va., (February 6, 2017) -- More than six decades after Brown v. Board of Education, far too many schoolchildren still attend segregated schools. A new report from the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Center for Public Education (CPE), “School Segregation Then & Now,” finds that integrated schools hold greater potential for helping all students succeed both academically and socially.

According to CPE’s study, the composition of our school communities matters --for improving outcomes for students and their communities, and the long-term stability and prosperity of our nation. The positive effects of diversity shouldn’t be overlooked, rather, education policymakers can and should advance their efforts to purposefully increase diversity.

New Center for Public Education study looks at new pathways into the labor market

Today’s career and technical education (CTE) is not yesterday’s vocational education, and it’s not just for non-college goers.

NSBA and NASSP Launch College & Career Readiness Engagement Toolkit

October 18, 2016 - NSBA and NASSP, in partnership with the Learning First Alliance’s Get it Right campaign, have developed a communications toolkit to support school leaders and educators’ efforts to prepare high school students for success after graduation through effective community engagement.

Center for Public Education Study Finds the Path to Career Readiness


Alexandria, Va. (June 1, 2016) - NSBA's Center for Public Education new report shows that students with high credentials achieved higher economic and social outcomes than two-year degree holders and students who don’t complete their college education, and second only to outcomes for four-year degree holders. High credentialed non-college goers earned 39 percent more than non-credentialed non-college goers, and 21 percent more than 2-year degree holders at age 26 ($18.71 per hour compared to $13.42 and $15.43 respectively). The high credentials group trailed the 4-year degree graduates in hourly wage by only 3.4 percent

New Report by National School Boards Association’s Center for Public Education Examines the Teacher Pipeline

Number of Teachers May Not Be Significantly Different Than Five Years Ago

Shortages Present in Many Districts and States and Staffing Gaps Persist Between High- and Low-Minority Schools as Well as High- and Low-Poverty Schools


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