Calif. District Uses 'Local Control' Funds to Buy Trips

New funding rules that put school spending decisions in the hands of local communities have spurred a renewed interest in field trips for students in Vallejo, Calif. (May 28, 2015)

Legislators Scramble After Pension Law Struck Down

Illinois state legislators and the governor are under pressure to craft a new plan after the state's high court overturned a 2013 statute altering pensions for retired teachers. (May 28, 2015)

High School, College Completion Rates Continue to Rise

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School Renovation Becomes a Teachable Moment

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School Librarians Push for More 'Maker Spaces'

(May 27, 2015)

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  • Jason Kling, center, a counselor and social worker at Chavez Prep Middle School in the District of Columbia, talks with prospective charter school board members about his role during a recent tour of the school. The tour was part of a training course to help prepare people for service on charter school boards. —T.J. Kirkpatrick for Education Week
  • Martine Gordon, a prospective charter school board member, talks with students while visiting a classroom during a tour of Chavez Prep Middle School in the District of Columbia. —T.J. Kirkpatrick for Education Week

Charter Sector Challenged by Quality of School Boards

Efforts to professionalize charter school boards and raise the caliber of people who serve on them are catching on. (May 29, 2015)

What Makes Summer Programs Work for Middle Schoolers?

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Our K-12 Policies Resemble Those of Imperial Japan

There is irony in today's U.S. education standards resembling those of pre-World War II Japan, argues Lawrence Baines. (May 26, 2015)

Q&A With Sir Ken Robinson

The author and speaker shares his thoughts on student engagement and testing, the future of teacher education programs, and why vocational education matters. (May 22, 2015)

Women in Leadership: Does Gender Matter?

While the vast majority of teachers are women, many are still not landing top positions, writes guest blogger Jennifer Abrams. (May 28, 2015)

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Turning Dropouts Into Diplomas

A personalized dropout-recovery program in Lawrence, Mass., has helped raise the city's graduation rate.
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Can Technology Get Kids to Play Outside?

A Massachusetts startup is getting attention for an effort to use technology to reconnect young children to the outdoors. (May 26, 2015)

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The Kind of Professional Development Teachers Need

In a four-part series, the veteran teacher and opinion blogger explores the do's and don'ts for professional learning opportunities. (May 26, 2015)

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Portal Looks to Help Districts Compare Ed-Tech Prices

The Learning Accelerator is working with more than two dozen districts to create a "pricing database" for computing devices. (May 27, 2015)

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