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A national commission says teachers from alternative programs appear no worse—or better—than those from traditional college programs.
A new effort by 12 major education philanthropies aims to dovetail with the Education Department’s ‘i3’ agenda, raising complex issues.
Advocates hope to clear the path—blocked by the Supreme Court—to racial diversity in schools, through the use of poverty measures.
Although the popular social-networking platform Ning will start charging to maintain sites, certain education networks may remain free.
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Obituary
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
A study of the Literacy Collaborative approach to instruction finds that putting reading coaches in schools can yield strong gains.
A federal study of supplemental reading-comprehension programs found positive effects for only one of the three programs examined.
Teachers in Harrison School District Two will be paid based on observations of classroom practice and student-achievement results.
Recent high-profile incidents prompt school- and district-level leaders to focus anew on prevention, intervention, and response.
The focus is on offering high quality laboratory learning in and outside the classroom.
A study on how teachers move into administration was among a range of studies on principals discussed at the AERA's annual gathering.
Despite rising demand, recession-driven budget cuts have reined in the once-swift expansion of public pre-K programs, a survey finds.
A new set of studies show that Latino children start school with some strong assets, but those early gains tend to soon disappear.
Views vary on a California district’s decision to shut one school run by Stanford University but grant a two-year reprieve to the other.
Best of the Blogs
Applicants look for district and union support without diluting proposals and hurting their shot at the $3.4 billion still left.
Policy Brief
The pending departure of the top lawmaker overseeing education spending in the U.S. House of Representatives is drawing sharply divided responses from various sides of the policy landscape.
National education reform themes—and statewide budget issues—are shaping debate as three candidates appear to break from the pack.
Critics argue the measure moving through Congress would burden schools with additional mandates.
As they consider how to go forward in reauthorizing the law, members mull how the push for common academic standards fits into the picture.
Capitol Recap
Lost in education's current fervor for finding winners and losers, write Phillip Harris and Bruce Smith, is a sense of what schools should be accountable for.
Douglas B. Reeves sees promise in the proposed standards, but disagrees with the drafters' belief that instructional guides are off-limits.
No one would fix the health-care system by replacing doctors and nurses with better ones, writes Peter Berger, so why should that work in education?
Letters
By rethinking a maligned institution, educators could end "summer slide," enrich learning, and close achievement gaps, Ron Fairchild and Jeff Smink write.
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