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America Forward’s ESEA Update: Exciting New Change to School Report Cards

The following post was written by Lexi Barrett, America Forward's Policy Director. Today, the Senate passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), historic legislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The ESSA includes an exciting new provision championed by America Forward to include postsecondary enrollment on high school report cards. Because of this new provision millions more

America Forward Applauds Passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act

Bipartisan bill reauthorizes Elementary and Secondary Education Act, improving K-12 Education WASHINGTON, D.C. | December 8, 2015 – The America Forward Coalition and America Forward's Executive Director, Deborah Smolover, issued the following statements today after the Senate passed a bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (S.1177) to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and improve K-12 education. The legislation

The Every Student Succeeds Act: Paying for Success in Education

How the Every Student Succeeds Act Rewards Results through Evidence-Based Programming The following post was written by Nicole Truhe, America Forward's Government Affairs Director.   Pay for Success is a funding method in which public resources are driven to approaches that achieve better outcomes from social programs than current practice and America Forward has been a leader in advancing the

America Forward: ESEA Update

What is happening in Congress with ESEA?   On November 19, 2015, House and Senate conferees approved the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The final bill was released on November 30 and can be found here. This conference agreement is expected to receive votes over the next two weeks


Budget Debate: Preserving Innovation Funding for the Social Sector

Over the next few weeks Congress will be debating funding limits for federal programs for this current federal fiscal year. Lots of factors will be weighed when determining funding levels for both the defense and non-defense sectors and across programs such as health, education, and housing. If Congress is serious about being more outcomes-based and evidence-driven in how it makes

Budget Debate: Preserving Innovation and Evidence in Education Funding

The following blog post was written by Lexi Barrett, Policy Director, America Forward. In the coming weeks, Congress will consider final funding decisions for programs across the federal government. In a time of limited resources, members of Congress will weigh the merits of each program and decide which will stay, which will grow, and which will shrink or disappear. When

Innovation Funds and Investing in What Works

From Left to Right: Deborah Smolover, Executive Director, America Forward; Deb DeSantis, President and CEO, Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH); Nicole Truhe, Director of Government Affairs, America Forward; Monica Beglau, Retired Executive Director, eMINTS National Center; David Anderson, Director of Evidence-Based Policy, Laura and John Arnold Foundation; Jeremy Ayers, Vice President of Policy, Results for America. The following post was

Results for America and America Forward: Federal Evidence-Based Innovation Funds Are Improving Outcomes

At a Capitol Hill Briefing, Results for America & America Forward Showcase How Federal Innovation Funds Are Using Evidence and Evaluation to Improve Communities WASHINGTON – Results for America (RFA) and America Forward today hosted a Capitol Hill briefing on advancing the use of evidence and evaluation to fund innovative solutions to our country’s most pressing challenges. The briefing focused

PRESS RELEASE: America Forward Releases New Presidential Policy Agenda on Social Innovation