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$10 million for more effective tutoring.

Good morning! We have fresh data, analysis and audio for you this morning, beginning with a new campaign to bolster tutoring initiatives and research across the country, our latest episode of the Class Disrupted podcast, about how schools should approach innovations and pilot programs, and a new essay that warns worsening inequities at schools will threaten the future of the country.

Also, before we dive in, a quick programming note: We’ll be shutting down for a couple days to take a break and reconnect with family. Our newsroom will return to action first thing Monday morning; hope you all have a lovely holiday. And speaking of Thanksgiving, we’re so thankful for you and all the time, support and feedback we get from so many of you every day.

Here’s the Wednesday rundown:


$10 Million to Help 31 Organizations Scale More Effective (and Affordable) Tutoring

As the extent of pandemic learning loss became evident, many states and districts turned to high-dosage tutoring as a potential solution. But tutoring is hard to scale. That's why Accelerate recently announced more than $10 million in grants to 31 of the most innovative models across the country, each aimed at breaking down one or more of the barriers to making tutoring broadly accessible. Contributor Kevin Huffman, Accelerate CEO, has the breakdown.

  • Accelerate Founders on Their Mission: This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to expand high-quality tutoring. Our nonprofit can help
  • Coast to Coast: 3,500 local school districts’ ambitious post-COVID tutoring plans
  • Research: As schools push for tutoring, data points to Its effectiveness — and the challenge of scaling it to combat learning loss
  • Money to Help Parents: New Indiana tutoring program empowers parents, encourages school collaboration


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Class Disrupted, Episode 4 — What Should Schools Try & Test?

Schools often have long laundry lists of all the pilots and innovations they want to do — if only they had the time and resources. How can schools make high leverage choices to maximize the use of their resources for the greatest impact? In this week’s episode of Class Disrupted, Diane Tavenner and Michael Horn offer a framework for how to make these decisions, and a case study for applying it. Listen to the full podcast or read a full transcript here. New episodes every other week.

Politics of School Choice

The Voters Speak: Post-Election Lessons for America’s Schools

Voters delivered some powerful messages on Nov. 8, not all of them consistent: They want schools to focus on educating youth, not on extreme culture wars or woke policies. School vouchers got a boost in Oklahoma, with the re-election of Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt, but in Wisconsin, the GOP candidate, who had pledged to support universal vouchers, was defeated. The “red wave” never materialized, but neither did a blue one.  The post-election cross-currents will be the topic of the next webinar sponsored by The 74 and the Progressive Policy Institute’s Reinventing America’s Schools project. Join us on Tuesday Nov. 29 at 1 p.m. ET as we look at the future of education reform in the current political climate. Register for the Zoom right here.


How Educational Inequities Are Further Tearing Apart the Country

Deep, long-standing disparities in our public schools are not just terrible for kids, 74 contributors Conor Williams and Shantel Meek argue, they’re deadly for American democracy. The divisiveness that’s been on display at school board meetings is unsurprising, with one group angrily defending a system that’s worked well for them and another marginalized and distrustful because that same system has never treated them equally. Having children “chant the Pledge of Allegiance” will not bring people together, but rather rebuilding “our schools in a way that treats all children with the care and respect they deserve … that enrolls all children into schools that resemble the diverse society they’ll someday inhabit as adults.”


Los Angeles Test Scores Reveal Large Drops For Latino & Female Students

According to Smarter Balanced test results, the greatest decline was observed in female students – a 2.76 percentage point decrease in reading and 6.16 percentage point decrease in mathematics; and Latino students – a 2.71 percentage point decrease in ELA and 5.4 percentage point decrease in mathematics. “They’re dealing with anxiety and their own personal problems that won’t allow them to better prepare for tests,” said one parent. Joshua Bay takes a closer look at the data.

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