May 23, 2012

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David Coleman, a lead writer of the common standards whose nonprofit is producing curriculum materials, takes over Oct. 15.
Academic outcomes improve for quiet students when there's less pressure to speak up, according to experts.
The race for a seat on Louisiana's board of education attracted the attention of education activists and politically connected individuals—and unleashed a torrent of spending.
New organizations are jousting with teacher groups for influence on policy issues.
Authorities in a number of states are split over who should have the final say on allowing charter schools within a particular district’s boundaries.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Reports of faulty data led the statistics agency to review the data it supplies for U.S. News' high school rankings.
But many education leaders still aren't entirely sure what UDL is.
The 93,000-student district has made a pact with the state to create strict accountability standards in return for Georgia dropping some of its regulatory requirements.
Some say the Education Department didn't go far enough in guiding schools on policies involving restraint and seclusion of students.
Analysts find plenty of room to grow for districts getting federal funds to provide English-language-acquisition services.
Although enrollment continues to grow each year in full-time online schools, more research is needed about the effectiveness of such schools, says a report from the National School Boards Association.
Best of the Blogs
A new breed of K-12 advocacy organizations is making its campaign-cash influence felt in local school board contests.
Policy Brief
Some states hiked education aid in recent legislative sessions, but other K-12 issues also competed for lawmakers' attention.
Under new rules, school grades must factor in math and reading scores for ELLs after just one year of instruction.
Schools should use technology to rethink education, not simply speed up what they do now, Justin Reich says.
Teachers should be involved in the design of the data systems they will use, Brad Phillips and Jay Pfeiffer write.
Teaching students how to understand complex texts is critical to their cognitive development, writes Anthony Palumbo.
Eli Broad writes that tough times in American education needn't spell doom.
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