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Graduation rates are expected to "drop" in many states due to a change in federal rules for reporting those rates.
Some behavior in such situations can now be deemed illegal under state cyberbullying laws or even cyber-impersonation and identify-theft laws.
Piecemeal strategies may undercut NCLB-mandated efforts to draw in parents.
The out-of-school field is trying to identify the training instructors need to be effective yet not just like classroom teachers.
The school choice movement and No Child Left Behind have helped fuel the expansion of GreatSchools.org and other school ratings services.
News in Brief
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Months after most American troops have pulled out of Iraq, the country has 4-H chapters in each of its 18 provinces.
A newspaper investigation that turned up unusual test-score fluctuations in 200 school districts is prompting debate.
Dozens of outside groups, including unions, companies, and foundations, swing in to help McDowell County.
A measure passed by congress makes it easier for startup companies to raise capital and go public, but critics worry the looser regulations could open the door for financial fraud and abuse.
Its purchase of two companies built on the Moodle platform signals a dramatic shift in the educational technology company's strategy and product offerings.
Best of the Blogs
With Congress deadlocked on renewing NCLB, state school leaders are blazing their own trails on school improvement and innovation.
Many state education chiefs think the decision to seek federal flexibility should rest with them, not the districts.
Policy Brief
U.S. Supreme Court justices mulled whether expansion of the Medicaid program would swell federal power to put conditions on states when they take money in other areas, such as education.
The constant reassignment of teachers hurts kids in inner-city schools, Robert Boruch, Joseph Merlino, and Andrew C. Porter write.
Brain research shows that ranking teachers could lower performance for some, Karen Hunter Quartz and others say.
Technology will only advance learning if it is used to support literacy and inquiry, William Oehlkers and Cindy DiDonato write.
Letters
Letters
C.L. Max Nikias and William G. Tierney argue that research universities can help to narrow the achievement gap, if they become more engaged with public schools.
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