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K-12 policy solutions must involve practitioners

from Education Week (commentary)

Washington is sometimes referred to as the "Beltway bubble," a phenomenon in which think tanks, lobbyists, and legislators talk only to each other before making policy decisions that have the potential to affect millions of children and families nationwide. Unfortunately, this policymaking-in-a-bubble method often fails to reflect practical, real-world knowledge. Policymakers' frequent lack of understanding about how things work on the ground jeopardizes the health and well-being of the very people the government intends to serve. To break into that bubble, Head Start, the federally funded early-learning program designed to prepare our nation's most at-risk children for success in kindergarten and beyond, is taking a different approach to ensure that its practitioners are at the forefront of early-childhood policy recommendations. more

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