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States and districts are expected to use the nearly $50 million on dropout-prevention methods research shows to be more effective.
Some conservative advocates had hoped to see more movement on a perennial source of conflict in public school settings.
Educators say black, male students are driving the improvements in Baltimore’s graduation and dropout rates.
While most believe the president’s interest in the topic is genuine, some say his advocacy carries political benefits as well.
News in Brief
News in Brief
Clarification
Report Roundup
The merger of NCATE and TEAC could mean a more rigorous bar for teacher preparation in the future.
Sherman Elementary may be a blueprint for national school reform but the school's five-year-old turnaround effort isn’t over yet.
Researchers say students work harder and ultimately understand more teaching computer characters than they do simply learning for themselves.
A new study finds dramatic variation among states in what it takes for students to reach "proficient" levels on exams.
The Education Department puts school officials on notice that harassment based on sex-role or religious stereotypes may be federal violations.
Best of the Blogs
When states gather graduation-rate data, a new report says, they should also take a look at the early-warning signs of dropping out.
Policy Brief
Spending priorities, extension of Race to the Top, child nutrition, and early education are among the unfinished business confronting lawmakers.
A pilot $5 million tuition-voucher program is among several items in the defense-spending bill that are intended to improve schooling for children with special needs from military families.
For children with social and economic challenges, protection must come from many sources, explain Bolgen Vargas and Jean-Claude Brizard.
Kathran Siegel writes from her classroom that the development of problem-solving skills is one of the many advantages for children studying the arts.
On the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's election, Lew Smith looks at education leaders who have sacrificed for their beliefs.
Letters
The role that local, state, and federal governments play in education should be a national conversation, Christopher D. Cross writes.
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