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Just as single-sex schools are undergoing scrutiny in the U.S., a Caribbean study schools finds that they are academically beneficial for girls who prefer that environment but not for most boys or girls.
National health and education groups say the standards are the minimum students should know about sexual and relationship health in grades K-12.
States have similar challenges in executing dramatic change and transforming teacher-evaluation systems.
Legal battles in Texas, Colorado, and elsewhere challenge whether states are living up to their school funding obligations.
Report Roundup
News in Brief
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Districts, however, must approve of the new materials, and parents must pay for them.
After a long legal and political fight, the Tucson district is shutting down its Mexican-American studies program.
Schools that serve adolescent immigrants have a short time to help students master English, academics, and American culture.
Sacramento school officials are coming up with their own guidelines for what kind of online and electronic communication is acceptable between teachers and students.
A new analysis found that the per-pupil cost of educating a student through virtual education is significantly less than for a traditional brick-and-mortar education.
Around the country, educators are starting to turn to research in mind and brain science in teaching students with disabilities.
Full Frame
Half the charter school networks in a study significantly improved their students' high school graduation rates—and half did not.
Best of the Blogs
The offer of federal flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act comes with considerable strings attached.
A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision that the Constitution bars employment-discrimination lawsuits against churches by their ministers holds major implications for religious schools.
Policy Brief
A survey shows that only seven states have fully fleshed out their plans to bring the common core standards to classrooms.
The House GOP's bare-bones approach to federal K-12 policy draws polarized reviews in the NCLB renewal debate.
State of the States
The Supreme Court last week heard arguments on whether unions should give nonmembers more chances to object to extra fees or dues.
Lawmakers need to address the issue of chronic school absenteeism, Hedy Chang and Robert Balfanz write.
Through policy and investment, schools can erase poverty's impact on learning, Michael A. Rebell and Jessica R. Wolff say.
Letters
Letters
Alan M. Blankstein and Pedro Noguera share insights on effective school turnaround strategies.
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