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A leadership training program in New York state enlists actors to help school leaders practice tough conversations with students, parents, and community members.
Some officials see the plan as an opportunity for badly needed relief, while others are skeptical, especially of the likely strings attached.
Critics of charter schools contend that some operators get preferential treatment.
With stimulus funds drying up and state cuts to education, many districts are wrestling with ways to do more with less as the school year begins.
News in Brief
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Correction
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Report Roundup
A new set of documents from the two groups offers clues to how the common standards might be taught and how they’ll look on tests.
The latest ACT report shows a higher rate of students meeting college-readiness benchmarks, but three-quarters of the class of 2011 still fall short.
Experts says the growth in parent engagement may lead to academic payoffs for children.
Nonprofit organizations are emerging to help disadvantaged students navigate the often difficult college-admissions and financial-aid processes.
A federal study finds that eight states raised their proficiency standards on one or more exams and two lowered them.
New federal rules lay out which 'indirect' costs schools and districts can charge to their food-service operations.
With its grassroots parent-mentor program, Chicago's Logan Square Neighborhood Association is empowering immigrant parents and engaging them in their children's schooling.
A majority of Americans side with teachers' unions on collective bargaining, even though many believe unions have hurt more than helped education quality, according to the latest annual survey by Phi Delta Kappa International and the Gallup Organization.
Best of the Blogs
At a time when a majority of states may be falling short of federal testing goals, a report suggests that students in the Title I program for disadvantaged students are making progress.
States gear up to compete for $500 million under the federal Early Learning Challenge initiative.
Policy Brief
The number of rural students is growing and we can no longer afford to look the other way, writes Marty Strange.
Short of reauthorizing a revamped NCLB, a waiver process that allows for innovation is an "absolute necessity" writes Tony Bennett.

This special report examines the growing e-learning opportunities for students with disabilities, English-language learners, gifted and talented students, and those at risk of failing in school.
Letters
Former Atlanta schools Superintendent Beverly Hall writes that she regrets not having done more to prevent cheating on state tests, but that many of the gains in the Atlanta public schools were real.
The punitive culture of high-stakes testing could provide the impetus for needed reforms, writes Dave Powell.
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