The Insider View of Education Reform

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What is Education Insider?

Education Insider is a free monthly report that provides real-time insights on federal education policy trends, debates, and issues—from the handful of decision makers that are driving the process.  The Insiders include current and former White House and U.S. Department of Education staff, Congressional leaders, state school chiefs, and leaders of major trade associations, think tanks, and advocacy groups.

Through an exclusive survey tool, we ask these key policy and political insiders for their opinion on important and timely federal policy ranging from the timing of key legislation to the support or opposition of policy proposals. Feedback from the field is coupled with the expert analysis of our co-publishers John Bailey, Andy Rotherham, and Rachel Gibson to provide visibility into issues, trends, and likely outcomes. 

Each month's survey is based on the current events, debates, and emerging trends.  Topics covered have included ESEA reauthorization and waivers, federal funding, Common Core standards and assessments, national and state elections, digital learning, and Race to the Top.

Recent Insider Reports

June 2014 Education Insider:Tracking Measures, Federal Policy and Programs, Charter Schools, and Teach For America

May 2014 Education Insider: Common Core, Federal and State Policy, and Higher Education

April 2014 Education Insider: Gainful Employment, Race to the Top, House Education Committee, Common Core

March 2014 Education Insider: Gainful Employment, Student Data Privacy, and Common Core

February 2014 Education Insider: State of the Union Address

January 2014 Education Insider: 2014 Gubernatorial Elections, School Choice, Advice for Aspiring Policy Leaders, and Duncan-Starr

November 2013 Education Insider: Tracking Measures, Rural Education, and U.S. Department of Education Appointees

November 2013 Education Insider: Elections and Education

October 2013 Education Insider: Tracking Measures, DOJ/Louisiana Lawsuit, Common Core, and the Broad Prize

September 2013 Education Insider: Tracking Measures, Common Core, Higher Education

August 2013 Education Insider: Tony Bennett, California CORE Waivers, and Gainful Employment

July/August 2013 Education Insider: Higher Education, Student Success Act, Waivers, and Common Core

Insider in the News

'Insiders' Weigh In, Politico, May 13, 2014

RealClearEd TodayRealClearEducation, March 27, 2014

Poll: Student Privacy a Political PointPolitico, March 6, 2014

Beltway Insiders: For Education, Florida Governor's Race Is One to WatchEducation Week, January 30, 2014

'Insiders' on Rural Issues, Politico, November 26, 2013

'Insiders' Find Federal Policies Poorly Suited for Rural DistrictsEducation Week, November 26, 2013

First in Morning Education: What's Next for PARCC?Politico, September 24, 2013

Obama's Last Chance on School Reform? U.S.News & World Report, September 9, 2013

Insiders Talk Tony Bennett, Politico, August 21, 2013

What Education Experts Said About Tony Bennett’s Resignation, State Impact/NPR, August 20, 2013

Tony Bennett Resignation Splits Education Insiders: Poll, The Huffington Post, August 20, 2013

NCLB Waiver for CORE Districts Is Bad Policy, 'Insiders' Say, Education Week, August 20, 2013

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