• December 18, 2014

    For our final Education Insider report of 2014, we asked Insiders to revisit a few of the leading topics in education policy this year and to take a look ahead at the policies that will be front and center in 2015. In addition to our tracking measures on topics such as ESEA and HEA, we asked Insiders to look at gainful employment, for-profit colleges, student data privacy, and the newly-proposed teacher preparation regulations, among others. Read more

  • By David Deschryver
    December 11, 2014

    The new federal grant procurement and management rules are coming, and will take effect on December 26, 2014.  Read more

  • By Noah Sudow
    December 1, 2014

    Last week the Department of Education released their long-anticipated new proposed teacher preparation program regulations.  As expected, the proposal would require states to collect data on program outcomes, including academic gains, job placement, and teacher and principal satisfaction with the programs. 

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  • By Whiteboard Advisors
    November 20, 2014

    In case you missed it, be sure to read Jon Marcus’ take on Moody’s latest higher education reporter. In the The Hechinger Report, Jon breaks down the findings, which predicts higher education revenue growth is at a 10-year low.  Read more

  • By Erica Price and Noah Sudow
    November 19, 2014

    Despite rising sticker prices, low enrollment numbers and significant institutional discounting means fewer dollars left in many college coffers. Read more

  • November 6, 2014

    This week, we asked Insiders to share their immediate reactions following the 2014 midterm elections. Insiders weighed in on the elections' impact on federal and state education policy.  Read more

  • By Anna Kimsey Edwards
    November 6, 2014

    This week, we witnessed a major political changeup as a result of the 2014 midterm elections. While most pundits are focusing on the shift to Republican Majority in the U.S. Senate – for education policy and programs, the outcomes of the 36 Governors races and 7 state chief elections and are just as (if not more) important.  Read more

  • Ben Wallerstein launched the education practice for global public affairs firm Grayling in 2000, and went on to become the youngest managing director in the firm’s thirty-year history. He co-founded Whiteboard Advisors with former White House education advisor John Bailey in 2009.

    Over the last decade, Ben has worked with the leadership of nearly every major K-12 education business and has advised in conjunction with dozens of Pre-K-12 and postsecondary transactions. He currently consults with investors and helps education entrepreneurs structure unique business-to-business partnerships, understand the regulatory environment, and implement advocacy and marketing strategies.  A former aide to retired Xerox Chairman David Kearns, Ben possesses an in-depth understanding of the political and policy making process. 

    Beyond Whiteboard Advisors, Ben serves on the Board of the American Institute for Foreign Study Foundation, the Board of Blyth-Templeton Academy, and as a Senior Advisor to New Markets Venture Partners.  Ben is also on the Advisory Council for Rethink Education and serves on the Investment Committee for the Jefferson Education Accelerator at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education. In 2014, Ben curated “Three Minutes to Launch” for the New York Times Schools of Tomorrow Summit.  He has been a judge for the 1776 Challenge Cup and the Yale School of Management Education and Milken PENN Education Business Plan Competitions. He is also a founding member of the Advisory Board for the GSV/ ASU Education Innovation Summit.

    A product of the public schools and son of two educators, Ben is deeply committed to issues of equity and access in public education. He graduated cum laude from the University of Richmond, and received his J. D. cum laude from Georgetown University, where he was an editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. Ben is admitted to the Bar in Washington, DC, Connecticut and New York.

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  • By Whiteboard Advisors
    November 3, 2014

    The U.S. Department of Education announced the final gainful employment rules Thursday. The regulations, which go into effect on July 1, 2015, were created after an extensive rulemaking process that involved negotiations, public hearings, and 95,000 public comments.  Read more

  • By Rachel Gibson
    October 24, 2014

    The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a report last week on school funding, entitled "Most States Still Funding Schools Less Than Before the Recession." According to the report, a majority of states are continuing to fund their schools at levels lower than they did seven years ago, before the recession hit.  Read more

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