State Chiefs Who Take the Local Reins

A handful of chief state school officers are bringing their years of experience and policy perspective to the superintendency of local school districts. (July 30, 2015)

Home-Schooling Regulations Vary Widely Across States

Washington state, New York, and Pennsylvania have the most restrictions, a report from the Education Commission of the States says. (July 29, 2015)

Barricades to Deter School Shooters Debated in Ohio

(July 28, 2015)

Court Ruling Expected to Fuel N.C. Voucher Program

(July 28, 2015)

New Tool Maps School Attendance Zones

(July 27, 2015)

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Innovation Networks Need Both Autonomy, Support

Giving small networks of schools autonomy to try new approaches with technology requires a delicate balance of logistical freedom and district technical support. (July 29, 2015)

To Protect Children at Risk, Washington Must Play a Role

(July 30, 2015)

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Teachers: Know When to Stop Talking

It's tough for educators to withhold judgment of a student's response, but Thomas Newkirk argues that it could help deepen student understanding. (July 28, 2015)

Tackling the Vocabulary Gap With Technology

Individualized instruction can give students with poor vocabulary skills the learning experiences they need to bridge the gap, writes neuropsychologist Steven L. Miller. (July 23, 2015)

Social Media: Is It Today's Modern Day Public-Shaming Venue?

A tool that helps people communicate across the world may also create terrible moments for students, Peter DeWitt writes. (July 29, 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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Digital Directions

'Flipped Museum' Pilot Upends Traditional Field Trip Model

The North Carolina Museum of Art is applying the "flipped classroom" model, in an effort to better engage students. (July 27, 2015)

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Two Teachers Praised as Heroes in La. Theater Shooting

Local Association of Educators president credits teachers with quick thinking and increased crisis training skills when an active shooter attacked a movie theater in Louisiana. (July 27, 2015)

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Industry & Innovation

U.S. Dominance as 'Education Exporter' Slipping, Study Says

Despite the fact that more international students than ever are attending U.S. schools, competitive pressures are eroding the American share of the global market. (July 28, 2015)

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