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The Supreme Court rules that Title IX is not the only law to apply in discrimination cases.
State leaders are awaiting details of the more than $120 billion in proposed emergency education aids so they can make specific plans to spend the economic-stimulus money.
Leaders in a handful of districts are considering “front-loading” teacher compensation by paying novices more to aid recruitment.
The watchwords for the field of education research in the post-Bush era seem headed toward "development" and "innovation."
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
The recent resignation of an Autism Speaks executive shows that the debate on the dangers of vaccines continues to roil the advocacy world.
Ramon C. Cortines has launched a series of initiatives aimed at increasing parent and community engagement and giving teachers more data about their students to help improve instruction.
A new study finds solid evidence that educational television and games can boost students’ scientific knowledge.
College & Careers
The money is to be used to build and strengthen student-data systems at the high school and postsecondary level and support new research on teacher effectiveness.
The Dearborn, Mich., school district's superintendent moved quickly to clarify the system's language policy last week after a consultant said officials should "prohibit the use of any language other than English."
Nationally, the average high school graduation rate for ELLs is 64 percent, compared with 80.1 percent for all students, according to an analysis by the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center of data reported by states to the federal government for the 2005-06 school year.
State Journal
State of the States
The Appropriations Committee approves the plan, which includes some $120 billion for education.
Federal File
Newly inaugurated president vows to 'transform our schools.'
The instructional framework is more commonly used with younger students, but shows promise in secondary school, educators say.
"Why are one-size-fits-all performance standards inappropriate to the point of silliness when applied to dogs, but accepted without question when applied to kids?" Marion Brady questions as he criticizes inflexible education guidelines.
Restoring geographic education in the K-12 curriculum is necessary in order to prepare the current generation of students for a more globalized culture, says Daniel C. Edelson.
Letters
Letters
"We cannot and should not abandon school accountability, but it's time to go back to the drawing board to get accountability right," says Richard Rothstein.
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