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Tech or No Tech: Students Must Move Forward

by Valerie Strauss

The Washington Post

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A ‘broader bolder’ approach to even the education playing field

In other words, the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education, the education policy campaign that many considered radical at its 2008 launch, has gone from marginal to mainstream. BBA’s mission statement, which helped spawn the term “no excuses” among self-proclaimed reformers who were quick to dismiss the impacts of poverty, now sits at the center of forward-thinking policy agendas.

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Breaking Down Barriers to Boost Equitable Access

There are disparities in school systems, with pockets of haves and have nots. These have always existed, but in an education environment where learning is increasingly reliant on technology, the have nots are at risk of falling increasingly behind. What are you doing in your school system to level the playing field?

This article points out that the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education, a policy campaign launched in 2008, has “gone from marginal to mainstream.” This, coupled with national attention turned to the disparities that exist, and a new K-12 federal education law, is providing the impetus for greater focus on ways in which inequities can be identified and addressed. Now is the time to begin conversations and consider collaborations that may help eliminate the disparities for your student populations.