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Teachers have formed collective bargaining units in schools run by some of the best-known charter school management organizations.
States find themselves torn between using the federal money to plug budget holes and to push school reform.
Federal officials have released the Salt Lake City district from scrutiny, citing ELLs' “meaningful access” to educational programs.
As the state’s finances continue to melt down, educators say they won’t be able to avoid direct hits to the classroom this time around.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Correction
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
A survey of more than 15,000 teachers found that more than nine in 10 tenured teachers were deemed to have met local standards.
Study of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., district after desegregation finds movement of teachers.
Consortium shares its approach to creating partnerships that tap data for solving real world school problems.
Students can work alongside similarly gifted peers and nurture their talents in ways generally unavailable in American schools.
A landmark lawsuit still hovers over school spending in the state, though a new funding formula has the state Supreme Court’s blessing.
College & Careers
A new report contends the key to math and science success is a broad curriculum where arts and humanities aren’t sacrificed.
An aggressive timetable calls for college- and career-readiness standards to be ready by July, and grade-by-grade standards by year’s end.
The selection of Melendez nearly rounds out the Education Department's top leadership team.
Although Judge Sonia Sotomayor has handled a relatively small number of cases dealing with education, those disputes offer clues to the direction she might take on school matters.
Policy Brief
Fiscal leaders in the House and Senate are voicing concern about proposed shifts in Title I money and a big boost for the Teacher Incentive Fund.
Capitol Recap
Long before it was on the national agenda, data was the name of the game in Western Heights, Okla.
Allan Odden writes, “Most of the teacher-compensation innovations to date have left the traditional single-salary schedule unchanged.”
"The basic problem with most school finance systems, both those in existence and those proposed, is that funding is separated from education policy,” write Eric A. Hanushek and Alfred A. Lindseth.
"Very young children have the greatest ability to learn. They are like sponges, soaking up whatever their environment offers," writes Vicky Schippers.
Letters
"It is too late to tweak NCLB. Seven years after it was signed into law, it is clear that the program deserves to be buried," writes Diane Ravitch.
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