Special Education Charters Renew Inclusion Debate

Dozens of charter schools are targeting students with disabilities whose parents feel their needs are not being served in regular public schools. (September 18, 2014)

Districts Develop Common-Core Guide for Teaching ELLs

The Council of the Great City Schools has set out criteria to help educators bring common-core-aligned lessons and materials to English-learners. (September 18, 2014)

Is Turmoil in Los Angeles Unified Becoming Too Familiar?

(September 18, 2014)

Ed-Tech Leader Gender Gaps Identified in New Study

(September 16, 2014)

Students Learn to 'Toggle' Between Dialects

(September 16, 2014)

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  • Kindergartner Mason Schmidgall hangs on tight to his mother, Natalie, on the first day of school at Oak Ridge Elementary School in Eagan, Minn. Free, full-day kindergarten is new this year in Minnesota, but access to such programs varies widely from state to state. —Ben Garvin/St. Paul Pioneer-Press
  • Kindergarten teacher Heather Long helps her students with an art project at Horace Mann Elementary School in St. Paul, Minn. Though Minnesota is funding full-day kindergarten for the first time this year, the state only requires districts to offer a half-day program. —Ben Garvin/St. Paul Pioneer-Press

States Far From Uniform in Kindergarten Commitment

While pre-K is a top priority for many policymakers nationwide, kindergarten remains a patchwork of district programs driven by varying state requirements. (September 17, 2014)

Senate Education Panel Clears Education Research Bill

(September 17, 2014)

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Debunking Three Assessment Myths

Teachers have options for managing the pressures of national and local testing demands, write K-12 educators Sherah Betts Carr and Anaya Bryson. (September 16, 2014)

It's Time for Reformers, Educators to Work Together

Rancorous debate between those who view themselves as school reformers and teachers and their unions needs to give way to constructive conversation and K-12 policy progress, Patrick Riccards says. (September 15, 2014)

Teachers Should Dress as Students' Advocate, Not 'Peer'

Opinion blogger Larry Ferlazzo asked educators to weigh in on a burning question in faculty lounges and administrator offices: "How should teachers dress?" (September 14, 2014)

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Digital Directions

EdX Enters K-12 Arena With High-School-Level MOOCs

The online-learning platform from MIT and Harvard University has released a set of 26 courses targeted at high school students. (September 12, 2014)

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The School Kindness Project

In tough times, kindness—both in and out of the classroom—is crucial to student success, writes high school teacher Adam Sherman. (September 12, 2014)

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In $2.5B Deal, Microsoft to Buy 'Minecraft' Maker

The purchase of the hugely popular video game company confirms one of the most highly anticipated deals in the tech world. (September 15, 2014)

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