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A multibill package would greatly expand the menu of open-enrollment-style options for parents and students.
Financial woes and unsuccessful results lead some to cut programs, though other states and districts are moving forward.
Little more than half of college freshmen will get a degree, but initiatives are emerging to boost college completion.
In a neuroscience twist on a classic experiment, researchers learn—once again—that self-control can be key to students' academic success.
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Late hiring of teachers is still a perennial headache for some school systems—even in tight budget times.
Middle school teachers took part in near-zero-gravity experiments, which they and the sponsors hope will draw students to the STEM fields.
The College Board also introduces a new college-readiness benchmark, though it's not intended to measure individual students' performance.
The state board of education gave initial approval to a rule requiring high school students to take at least two credits online to graduate.
The new law requires incoming freshman, beginning this school year, to take at least one course online prior to graduation.
Among the world’s leading economies, the U.S. is the only nation where incoming workers are less educated than those retiring.
School districts report that budget problems and lack of state guidance are hindering their ability to make curricular changes.
Best of the Blogs
Sen. Lamar Alexander and three colleagues go their own way in bills aimed at renewing pieces of No Child Left Behind Act, the current version of the ESEA.
Analysts and educators take a hard look at President Obama's plan to spend $60 billion to secure education jobs and infrastructure.
Policy Brief
A measure would let states tap into federal funding to replicate charter models with a track record of success.
Strategic mission management is crucial for charter schools, Peter Frumkin, Bruno V. Manno, and Nell Edgington write.
Prescriptive curricula make it harder for students to learn to write well, Paula Stacey writes.
With an estimated one out of 110 children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, autism teaching competencies are critical, argue Emaley McCulloch and Janet Martin.
Letters
Howard Gardner reconsiders his educational philosophy more than a decade after the publication of The Disciplined Mind.
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