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In the only study of its kind, higher education faculty give high marks to the common core, but caution that some skills are absent.
School administrators are forced to shift workers into different roles and positions to cope with funding cuts and vacancies.
While the causes, effects, and aftermath of the attacks appear to occupy little space in the classroom, in-depth lessons can be found.
Stigmatized by the terrorist attacks, Muslim students feel a continuing obligation to be ambassadors for their faith and their culture.
Obituary
News in Brief
Report Roundup
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Correction
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Report Roundup
The former Philadelphia schools chief describes the political land mines that she says led to her ouster.
New results suggest that bullying can have a long-lasting impact on victims' academic achievement, especially for high-achieving black and Latino students.
Researchers say black or Latino students in poor, urban communities are more likely to attend schools with stiff security measures—even when their schools' crime rates are no different than those of better-off schools.
An analysis shows that the number of Oklahoma public school students doing schoolwork through computer-based programs has increased nearly 400 percent over three years.
The Missouri State Teachers Association is seeking to block enforcement of part of a new law that restricts teachers' use of social networking sites.
Educators in Denver, Gwinnett County, Ga., and four other districts around the county plan to use their share of the $75 million grants to enhance mentor, residency, and other training programs for aspiring and novice principals.
Best of the Blogs
A public rating system for early-learning programs is worth big points in the contest for $500 million in new federal aid.
Advocacy groups for out-of-school-time programs and those for extra learning time in school are battling over federal funding.
Policy Brief
There is a critical and rising need for fair, accurate assessments for English-language learners, David N. Plank writes.
Instead of bashing schools and vilifying teachers, critics should help to foster change, writes Jamie Vollmer.
Even in the rush of today's school culture, it remains important to foster the deeper skills around listening, Diana Senechal writes.
Letters
Ama Nyamekye writes that, when hype is stripped away, standardized tests can serve as a useful, if flawed, aid for teachers and students.
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