Andrew Rotherham

Co-Founder and Partner, Bellwether Education

Andrew J. Rotherham is a co-founder and partner at Bellwether Education, a non-profit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. Rotherham leads Bellwether’s thought leadership, idea generation, and policy analysis work. He also writes the weekly “School of Thought” column for as well as the blog and is the co-publisher of “Education Insider” a federal policy research tool produced by Whiteboard Advisors. Rotherham previously served at The White House as Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy during the Clinton administration and is a former member of the Virginia Board of Education. In addition to Bellwether, Rotherham has founded or co-founded two other influential education reform organizations including Education Sector and served on the boards of several other successful education start-ups.

Rotherham is the author or co-author of more than 150 published articles, book chapters, papers, and op-eds about education policy and politics and is the author or editor of four books on educational policy. He serves on advisory boards and committees for a variety of organizations including Education Pioneers, The Broad Foundation, the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research. (CALDER). Rotherham is on the board of directors for the Indianapolis Mind Trust, is Vice Chair of the Curry School of Education Foundation at the University of Virginia, and serves on the Visiting Committee for the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Ch. 6 - Smart Charter School Caps: A Third Way on Charter School Growth (HFR '07)

This chapter of examines the topic of charter school caps, and issue essential to the continued expansion of...

Ch. 3 - A One-Day Ceasefire: What Charter School and Teachers Union Leaders Say When They Meet (HFR '06)

This chapter of Hopes, Fears, & Reality: A Balanced Look at American Charter Schools in 2006 presents the results of a meeting between charter school leaders and...

The Future of Charter Schools and Teachers Unions: Results of a Symposium

The National Charter School Research Project and the Progressive Policy Institute convened a meeting of local, state, and national leaders from both the charter school and teachers union communities to address ongoing battles between...

Ch. 4 - The Pros & Cons of Charter School Closures (HFR '05)

This chapter of Hopes, Fears, & Reality: A Balanced Look at American Charter Schools in 2005 extracts from California's experience of the sudden closure of California Charter Academy to suggest how charter authorizers and school districts...