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School closures, staff firings, and other dramatic steps would be the ticket to a share of $3.5 billion in new Title I aid.
Some see a policy tilt at the U.S. Department of Education, though federal officials vow to be balanced.
Arlene C. Ackerman is pushing a teacher-effectiveness agenda in a city known for a traditional union contract.
The Obama administration wants to graduate more students, but few studies can guide the way in a sector with high remediation rates.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
The union says it cannot support core pieces of the Race to the Top Fund, such as the linking of test scores and teacher evaluation.
The annual check of American’s attitudes toward public schools also finds backing for common academic standards and tests.
The National Science Board is working on recommendations on how schools can produce more elite innovators in the 'STEM' fields.
The pool of test-takers has continued to grow more diverse, but wide gaps remain in scores, the organization says.
But budget cutbacks are forcing some schools to look for cheaper alternatives.
'Alarming' dropout rates are attributed to factors including stereotyping and poor academic preparation.
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Both chambers of Congress must move to fill a leadership vacuum on education issues—and that could bring a cascade of changes.
Policy Brief
A special legislative session will weigh significant state policy changes in response to proposed requirements for the federal grants.
The Massachusetts Democrat, who died Tuesday, put an indelible stamp on education policy, from Head Start to NCLB, earning respect across the political aisle.
Some school systems are bucking the trend by expanding access to online resources, including social-networking sites.
"The capability to analyze and evaluate scientific explanations is one of the primary skills required of the scientist, not the high school student of science," writes Jonathan Osborne.
"It does not require a natural disaster to enact reforms like those under way in New Orleans," write Paul G. Vallas and Leslie R. Jacobs.
"We don't see words like emotion or imagination or, for that matter, identity in our education policy," writes Mike Rose.
Letters
"An exclusive focus on changing the principal and teachers misses two-thirds of the larger school community, which also includes students and parents," writes Richard D. Kahlenberg.
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