Benefits of 'Deeper Learning' Schools Highlighted

New research finds that students in schools that used deeper-learning teaching approaches had better test results and people skills than peers in other schools. (October 1, 2014)

After Decades of Action, High Court Cools on School Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court has gone five years without hearing a single case involving a school district or local school official as the party bringing the case or as the respondent. (September 30, 2014)

Arne Duncan: Schools Must Give Students Equal Access to Resources

(October 1, 2014)

Discipline Debates Turn to Broad Terms Like 'Defiance'

(September 30, 2014)

Landmark Student-Data-Privacy Law Enacted in California

(September 30, 2014)

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A Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, or MRAP, sits in front of police headquarters in Watertown, Conn. The Los Angeles school district police department is among those that have acquired such vehicles through a Pentagon surplus equipment program.
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Pentagon Program Provides Weapons to School Police

School district police units around the country have acquired armored vehicles, semiautomatic weapons, and grenade launchers through a controversial program run by the Defense Department. (October 1, 2014)

Reading Is About More Than 'Evidence'

(October 1, 2014)

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Make a Difference: Show Students You Care

Polling data show that teachers who are supported and respected by their schools inspire engaged, hopeful students better able to succeed in school and life, Gallup’s Brandon Busteed says. (September 30, 2014)

Harnessing Penny Power to Learn What Works

If federal officials would dedicate one penny of every dollar spent on K-12 learning to education research, the payback would be enormous, Robert Balfanz writes. (September 23, 2014)

A New Start on Accountability

Three prominent policy analysts convened a discussion group that came up with six principles for fixing school accountability. (September 29, 2014)

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Voices of History: John Stokes

In 1951, John A. Stokes led a student protest against the poor conditions in his segregated high school in Prince Edward County, Va., and later became a plaintiff in a case that was decided as part of Brown v. Board.

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Digital Directions

Tech Advances Fuel LMS Identity Crisis

Big questions are facing school district leaders across the country about how a learning management system should best fit into the larger ed-tech ecosystem. (September 29, 2014)

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Helping Students Understand Literary Texts Through Performance

High school English teacher Jesse Breite says performance and play can deepen students' experience of a literary work. (September 26, 2014)

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Efficiency Index Report Challenged by Think Tank

An economist questions the inputs, outputs, and conclusions of a report that ranked the U.S. 19th out of 30 countries in educational efficiency. (September 23, 2014)

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