C&J Blog

The C&J Blog gives partners and associates a way to share insights learned from working with a very diverse set of clients–including small rural districts, large urban districts, states, foundations, and national non-profits. Our aim is to highlight promising practices and current developments in the areas of federal and state policy, school and district reform, talent management, expanded learning, and school finance. We hope you find these postings informative and thought- provoking. Please feel free to provide feedback and share with friends!

The history of special education in America has deep roots in larger educational reform movements. Next year, we will celebrate 40 years of federal civil rights legislation for children with disabilities via the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA. More recently, we have witnessed passage of other federal...
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Author(s): Alice Parker
Finding ways to reallocate resources and improve student outcomes has become an urgent task for many districts. The need to do more with less in an era of tight budgets, find funding to start up or sustain new reforms, and address issues of equity all are spurring resource allocation...
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Cross & Joftus, along with our good friends at UPD Consulting, recently began engagements with two urban districts (one in the Midwest and the other on the East Coast) to conduct comprehensive needs analyses and facilitate the development of strategic plans.  Both districts have new superintendents so this seems like...
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Districts around the country are hard at work to solve the talent dilemma: how can we attract, develop and strategically retain the best and brightest staff to help our students succeed? At the forefront of their work is the effort to ensure a successful teacher in every classroom and...
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By Christopher T. Cross
This is the time that people, and especially school teachers and children, talk about how they spent their summer vacation. Not wanting to break tradition, I'll share some of my summer. The free time that I did have was spent in working on a new edition of Political Education, my book on...
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