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Our team blogs regularly on a broad range of topics related to education reform and provides a blend of leading-edge perspectives. One of Bellwether’s greatest strengths is that diversity of viewpoint is encouraged among the partner team and throughout the organization. Everyone at Bellwether is committed to dramatic improvements in our public education system, but internally there are different views about how to accomplish that work. As a result, the views expressed in these blogs should be considered to be those of the writers rather than organizational viewpoints of Bellwether or of any organizations or individuals with whom Bellwether works. Likewise, outgoing links do not constitute any type of endorsement of other websites or organizations.

Ahead of the Heard

The Bellwether team blog, Ahead of the Heard, features regular commentary, analysis, and original insights from our staff.

Brian Robinson

National School Choice Week is taking on particular importance this year, as more families seek options beyond the traditional K-12 public school system. During the 2020-21 school year, charter schools saw a 7% increase in enrollment compared to the previous school year, while traditional public school enrollment declined by at least 1.4 million students. Additionally, […]

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Andrew Rotherham provides education news, analysis, and commentary through his widely read blog, 


Reason with a video, (fair warning, I’m in it), for school choice week looking at the school transportation challenges a lot of families face. Here’s an article about it as well.

The solution to transportation issues, in school and more generally, is going to be a blend of public and private. I’d like to see school and municipal transpiration more integrated to better meet the needs of families, but that won’t solve for all the issues or necessarily spark greater innovation.

School transportation is some of that blend now, and shows how market shortfalls necessitate public sector involvement – just like education more generally. And that will realistically be a blend of subsidies, direct provision of services, and private sector activity. Again, that sounds a lot like pre-k through higher ed more generally, too.

But first, we need to engage with the current situation – which is about more than bus driver shortages.

Here’s an analysis of transportation and options like controlled choice, magnets, and diverse by design charter schools.

We don’t do learning styles around here, but here’s our 2019 slide deck “The Challenges and Opportunities in School Transportation Today,” our 2017 report “Miles to Go: Bringing School Transportation into the 21st Century,” and our 2017 video “Better Buses: Three Ways to Improve School Transportation, in Under 3 Minutes.”

Here’s a look at the impact on the environment of buses and a look at student safety and buses.

And here’s the aftermarket for school buses.

Teacher Pensions, a project of Bellwether Education Partners, provides high-quality information and analysis to help stakeholders – especially teachers and policymakers – understand the teacher pension issue and the trade-offs among various options for reform.