Court Ruling Expected to Fuel N.C. Voucher Program

The state is bracing for a rapid expansion in the number of children using tax dollars for private schools, after the program was declared constitutional by the North Carolina Supreme Court. (July 28, 2015)

New Tool Maps School Attendance Zones

In November, the U.S. Department of Education will release a mapping tool that provides a first-time look at school attendance boundaries for most public schools in the country. (July 27, 2015)

Increased Autism Prevalence: Untangling the Causes

(July 27, 2015)

Two Teachers Praised as Heroes in La. Theater Shooting

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Quality of Teacher Hires Improved During the Recession, Analysis Finds

(July 27, 2015)

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  • Ben Richards, principal of Watkins Memorial High School, demonstrates the use of an ALICE, or Alert Lockdown Inform Counter Evade, device, in Pataskala, Ohio. Ohio’s building standards board took a strong position against the installation of barricade devices on doors in the event of an active shooter in a building, just weeks after a law went into effect allowing the devices.  —John Minchillo/AP
  • Ben Richards demonstrates the use of an Alert Lockdown Inform Counter Evade device in Pataskala, Ohio.
  • Ben Richards demonstrates the use of an Alert Lockdown Inform Counter Evade device, in Pataskala, Ohio. The door barricades are intended as an emergency countermeasure to protect classrooms against dangerous school invasions. —John Minchillo/AP

Barricades to Deter School Shooters Debated in Ohio

The state's building-standards board has concluded that despite a new state law allowing barricade devices in schools, the products are not practical to use and could create other hazards. (July 28, 2015)

Teachers: Know When to Stop Talking

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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)

Closed Captioning Gives Literacy a Boost

Subtitles for video and radio present a valuable tool for burnishing students' reading skills, writes Monica Brady-Myerov. (July 21, 2015)

Going on Vacation, in a Contrary Mood

In the midst of the summer unwind, Dave Powell hopes teachers contemplate their role as public servants, while addressing faults in education policies. (July 24, 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

Microsoft 2003's Demise Could Bring Tech Woes for Unprepared Schools

Microsoft is ending support for its Server 2003 operating system, which could pose security and other risks to districts that haven't upgraded. (July 17, 2015)

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So Do You Teach Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman or What?

Harper Lee's newly released novel, the sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, complicates expectations but provides a goldmine of instructional opportunities for teachers. (July 17, 2015)

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Which Cities Are the Top Ed-Tech Hubs?

Los Angeles-area officials are trying to stoke their region's attractiveness as a hub for ed-tech companies, and other cities are trying to do the same. (July 17, 2015)

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