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Adolescents’ needs have been overlooked by researchers and policymakers intent on boosting parental engagement, a new book concludes.
Labor leaders and analysts warn that costs would be passed on to workers in the form of higher premiums—or curtailed benefits.
As a push for common state standards and tests moves forward, questions are arising about the future of “the nation’s report card.”
State-level reform, local buy-in, and teacher quality will count heavily in determining which states get the federal stimulus grants.
News in Brief
Correction
News in Brief
Report Roundup
A new report card finds little to celebrate in areas such as technology, high school quality, and removing ineffective teachers.
Best of the Blogs
Many educators are turning to digital games to teach students about personal finance and investing.
Some people in the field are concerned about the lack of recommendations from educators for guiding the plan's development.
But study does not say whether improved performance is from schools alone, or from schools and wrap-around services.
At issue is how students with disabilities and English-language learners take part in the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
The goal of the plan is to find out how salary spending differs between schools receiving Title I funds and lower-poverty ones.
The Republican's support for charters and vouchers draws praise, though some worry other pledges may affect school funding.
Policy Brief
U.S. Department of Education officials are starting to gather input on how best to leverage $350 million in stimulus money for the effort.
Policy Brief
An old concept that calls for teachers to assess their own is gaining traction as evaluation comes under the national spotlight.
Stringent testing and accountability measures have taken away the passion, fun, and collaboration that marks effective learning, writes Betty J. Sternberg.
Instead of scolding schools of education, the nation's secretary of education needs to offer more constructive ideas for change, writes Pedro A. Noguera.
Ted Sizer may be best remembered for his fictional teacher, Horace Smith, writes Robert Barsanti, who sees Horace's struggles in his own career.
Letters
Letters
Alternative paths to certification have not only proliferated, but have also influenced the way we think about the preparation of teachers, writes C. Emily Feistritzer.
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