Broader, Bolder Approach to Education

Broader, Bolder Approach to Education is a project of the Economic Policy Institute that aims to “better the conditions that limit many children’s readiness to learn.” The project recognizes the impediment that poverty has on a student’s ability to learn, and their policy agenda aims to lessen that impact in order to give all children equal access to education. Elaine Weiss, the program’s national coordinator, recently wrote a piece for The Washington Post outlining how education reform can do just that.images The Broader, Bolder Approach to Education has already made huge strides since its launch in 2008. Education policy has begun to shift more towards strategies focusing on student poverty, with efforts out-of-school, within school, and among communities. These policies include focuses on:

  • Out-of-school: High-quality early childhood education, health and nutrition, before- and after-school activities, and summer programs
  • Within school: Equitable funding, teacher and leader quality and support, charter school accountability, and holistic, supports-based accountability systems
  • School-community connections: Policies that increase integration and support community engagement

To learn more about the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education, click here, and to read Weiss’s piece in The Washington Post, click here.