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A new online game in which the player stalks and shoots fellow students and teachers in school settings is drawing fire from educators.
The education secretary granted 315 waivers in 2009, a nine-fold increase over his predecessor's waivers the year before.
Critics suggest AdvancED may be getting involved in political matters that don't have a direct effect on education.
As the Race to the Top deadline looms, unlikely players are taking the lead in designing the new evaluation systems.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Correction
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Researchers are finding that students sometimes remember more when the learning seems more difficult.
As the two big groups of states craft common-assessment systems, experts warn that the smallest details could undermine their work.
Proponents say less intensive screenings miss eye problems that could hurt students' academic performance.
Pending legislation would require lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans to be "accurately portrayed" in social studies classes.
Young adults say high schools are failing to give students a solid footing for the working world or strong guidance toward college, a new poll shows.
Teacher education programs claim the review has no research evidence to support forthcoming improvements for the profession.
To qualify for federal grants to develop English-language-proficiency tests, states will have to agree on how to define ELL students, among other criteria, according to program rules published this week.
Best of the Blogs
A decade-old initiative to bring more laptops into the hands of students across the state has fizzled out in some of the schools where it began.
Hoping to make money to help relieve property taxes, the Auburn, Maine, school department will try to develop online high school courses for foreign students.
Policy Brief
States and districts grapple with turning around schools and making big changes in a tight time frame.
Legislation in some states would use taxpayer money to extend voucher eligibility beyond poor families to middle-income ones.
The budget agreement approved by federal lawmakers revived a controversial tuition-voucher program in the nation's capital.
Capitol Recap
Capital Recap
Too often, reform saddles poor children with an education that focuses on rote learning instead of the richer academic opportunities that would help them thrive, Alfie Kohn writes.
Susanna Loeb, Dan Goldhaber, and Michael Goldstein suggest how to inspire excellence in the teaching profession, in the fourth essay of the Futures of School Reform series.
Angela Beeley responds to those who would strip teachers of their collective-bargaining rights and calls attacks on teachers and unions cynical and calculated.
Letters
Once a protection against political reprisals, teacher tenure is now the scapegoat for a struggling economy, but it needn't be, writes Gary M. Chesley.
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