Common Core May Persist, Even in Opposition States

Despite heated resistance and high-profile bills, states' academic guidelines may still look a lot like the Common Core State Standards. (July 30, 2014)

E-Cigarettes Cloud Schools' Anti-Smoking Policies

Fearing that e-cigarettes will fuel a resurgence in teenage smoking, some educators are clamping down on students' use of the devices on school campuses. (July 29, 2014)

Lawsuits Targeting Federal Health-Care Law Could Impact K-12 Districts

(July 30, 2014)

Flashback: 1989 Poll Finds American Public 'Ready for National Curriculum'

(July 30, 2014)

House, Senate Split on Emergency Aid to Address Child Immigrants

(July 29, 2014)

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  • Teacher Melissa Rhone credits extra peer collaboration time with helping her grow from a struggling teacher to a mentor. —Melissa Bailey/Hechinger Report
  • Brennan-Rogers Principal Karen Lott, conducting a teacher evaluation in 2011, faced numerous complications in rolling out a nearly eight-hour school day for students. —Melissa Bailey/New Haven Independent
  • Talizha Jones, rehearsing an 8th-grade graduation song at Brennan-Rogers School of Communications and Media, wanted to switch schools when students were required to attend the New Haven, Conn., school for nearly eight hours a day. —Melissa Bailey/Hechinger Report

At Conn. School, Extended Day a Failed Experiment

The longer day at Brennan-Rogers School in New Haven exhausted students and teachers without helping close the achievement gap. But a focus on teacher collaboration remains. (July 28, 2014)

The Teachers' Unions Must Embrace the Future

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Full-Service Community Schools: A Bipartisan Case

U.S. Reps. Steny H. Hoyer, a Democrat, and Aaron Schock, a Republican, introduced a bill last week that would create a competitive-grant program to expand such schools. (July 28, 2014)

Schools Must Abandon Zero-Tolerance Discipline

A new report lists tools to better address students' behavioral and emotional needs and steer schools toward fair discipline, says Kavitha Mediratta of the Atlantic Philanthropies. (July 24, 2014)

Response: Race to the Top Has Been a 'Fiasco'

Opinion blogger Larry Ferlazzo asks readers: Has the federal Race to the Top program been a success, a fiasco, or something in between? (July 24, 2014)

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Digital Directions

Microsoft Puts Data Privacy on Its Branding Agenda

By backing research and speaking out on the topic, the technology giant is encouraging school officials across the country to demand strong student-data privacy. (July 8, 2014)

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Before Buying Technology, Asking 'Why?'

Districts might believe that personalized learning follows directly from major technology purchases, but the reality tends to show otherwise. (July 15, 2014)

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Apple Touts Strong iPad Sales in Global School Market

Apple, believed to be the dominant provider of tablets in K-12 schools in the United States, also says it is selling millions of iPads to education customers worldwide. (July 24, 2014)

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