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Laura Bornfreund
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Laura Bornfreund is a Senior Policy Analyst for New America’s Early Education Initiative. She analyzes early education (birth to grade 3) studies and policies, researches and writes original policy papers, and contributes to Early Ed Watch, the Early Education Initiative’s blog.

Before joining New America, Ms. Bornfreund worked for the Forum for Education & Democracy as the Communications and Policy Advisor, where she coordinated the Rethink Learning Now Campaign, assisted with the development of policy recommendations, and blogged about equitable education opportunities. Prior to that she was a Thomas B. Fordham Institute Education Policy Fellow at Common Core, where she strategized, researched, and edited comparison reports. Before moving to Washington, D.C., in 2008, Ms. Bornfreund worked for the City of Orlando, playing an integral role in implementing the Parramore Kidz Zone initiative. She began her career as a fourth grade teacher in Orlando, Fla. Ms. Bornfreund holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida.

Blog Entries by Laura Bornfreund

Turnaround 2.0: Solutions in Pre-K to Third Grade to Help Failing Schools

(8) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 6:10 PM

When education policymakers discuss how to improve low-performing schools, options such as adding pre-K, expanding the kindergarten day or focusing on instruction in the early grades are often left out of the conversation. And yet research tell us that quality early learning programs provide deep, lasting impact on children's academic...

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Why Suspension Makes No Sense in the Early Grades

(26) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 1:36 PM

Picture this situation: Two six-year-old boys, Jason and Michael, get into a food fight at lunch. Globs of macaroni and cheese fly across the room. The lunchroom supervisor sends them both to the principal's office. The principal suspends the boys from school for two days.


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Thinking Outside the Sandbox on Avoiding the Summer Slide

(1) Comments | Posted August 1, 2011 | 6:55 PM

When I was a kid, I didn't attend summer camps. Instead, my parents took me to the library or to local art, history and science museums on free admission days. We spent lots of time at local parks, exploring the miles of trails within, trying to figure out the types...

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Funding Woes Put Kindergarten at Risk

(6) Comments | Posted June 17, 2011 | 5:54 PM

On again, off again -- that is the best way to describe funding for full-day kindergarten. Unfortunately, in these tight budget times, an increasing number of districts appear to be considering the "off again" option.

Many likely think that kindergarten is fully funded through the K-12 public education system. But...

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