December 8, 2010

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A promise to name a chief academic officer as second in charge paved the way for Cathleen P. Black to be the system’s next chancellor.
Schools and districts in some states have peeled off because of concerns about carrying out detailed plans.
A new report recommends major policy steps states and districts need to take to use digital technologies to improve schools.
Experts say philanthropies nationwide are increasingly getting engaged with education policy matters at the local, state, and federal levels.
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Schools try to establish a college-going culture early on to offset the low expectations of the past.
A Los Angeles-area program aimed at putting foster-care students on track to graduate high school is poised to become a national model.
An international study finds that school systems around the world take common paths to go from good to great.
Most states are making progress in raising graduation rates and turning around 'dropout factories,' a new report says, but they still have far to go to reach the goal of graduating 90 percent of students on time.
Best of the Blogs
The media mogul's purchase of ed-tech company Wireless Generation raises questions about how effective the partnership will be over the long haul.
Campaign trail rhetoric about abolishing the agency could prove hard to realize, as previous attempts illustrate.
Cash-strapped states and school districts await word as Congress works to complete a fiscal 2011 spending plan.
Policy Brief
School choice and performance-driven evaluations are on the list for the five state education leaders who have founded "Chiefs for Change."
Sandra Stotsky explains why America's stalled reading scores are the result of a "fragmented" literature curriculum and a "neglect" of close reading.
States need to step up their efforts in selecting and supporting the best teachers, Linda Katz and Andrew Belton write.
Letters
Letters
Political columnist Matthew Tully explains why policies alone won’t save American schools.
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