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Extensive changes to the state’s curriculum policies have raised concerns that educators will not have the guidance to pick the best texts.
Many states and districts don’t track the rate for English-learners, or if they do, they don’t share the information with the public.
The U.S. government and schools have plans to step up virtual learning if the H1N1 flu causes heavy student absences or building closures.
The Education Department will face logistical hurdles and worries about favoritism in awarding $650 million in stimulus grants to school districts, nonprofits, and others.
News in Brief
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Outreach campaign aimed at getting word out on effective principals and research findings.
The National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council committee recommends integrating engineering into other subjects.
Massachusetts debates academic merits of charter schools for that student group as lawmakers consider their expansion.
Best of the Blogs
Teachers advise the policymakers on Capitol Hill and in the federal agencies where the fellows are posted.
A new study’s findings have implications for how schools are staffed and educators are paid, researchers say.
A little-developed skill gets fresh recognition as essential for success in school and beyond.
The five-term Iowa Democrat will now have broad authority over both policy and money for education issues in the Senate.
A fierce response from critics to suggested lesson plans may signal deeper concern over about the department's agenda.
Policy Brief
Federal education officials are urged in comments to eschew a one-size-fits-all approach in doling out $4 billion in grants.
Long criticized for the short duration of its training, Teach for America invests heavily in the professional growth of its teachers.
"Pithy phrases such as 'hire great people' fail to capture the complexity of the work," writes Stacey M. Childress.
Andy Hargreaves and Dennis Shirley look outside the United States to find exceptional education systems and alternative approaches to school improvement.
"We must find strategies and educational arrangements for teaching young people according to their needs, rather than according to ours," writes Bernard Fryshman.
Letters
Letters
Alfie Kohn explores how nontraditional educators can rise above bad schooling by regarding it as a chance to figure out what not to do.
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