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More K-12 girls than ever are involved in sports since passage of the 1972 law, but the gap between boys and girls remains huge.
The president can boast of big action on education, though critics weigh in on both sides of the political aisle.
The new initiative, which blends academic and practical skills, is aimed at providing access to a more-diverse student population.
A pair of new studies question whether exercises aimed at strengthening working memory can boost brainpower in other ways.
News in Brief
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Report Roundup
A long-planned move to tougher high school graduation requirements is proving to be a challenge in Los Angeles.
Illinois' public and private colleges begin the task of gauging their efforts to train teachers to meet the standards' goals.
A company's sobering realization that things were quickly changing in a long-unchanged industry was one shared by many attending a meeting of educational publishers.
Attempts a decade ago to engage students in their senior year largely fizzled, but some states and districts have adopted innovative strategies.
Boston, Denver, and Baltimore are among the districts now funding schools based on the numbers and types of students they enroll.
The revelation by the social-networking giant spurs a flurry of both interest and concern among educators about the potential benefits and drawbacks if the company approves the move.
Best of the Blogs
Girls are no longer shut out of math, science, or career education classes like they were before Title IX, but their participation still lags.
Title IX is most often associated with school sports, but the gender-equity law applies to many aspects of schooling.
Advocates for charter schools and school choice await action from Gov. Scott Walker now that he has handily survived a recall vote.
Policy Brief
Backers say tax credits offer fewer legal red flags than traditional vouchers and could save states and districts cash.
The nation needs a multipronged approach to preparing high school students for college, Wendy Puriefoy writes.
On the eve of Title IX's 40th anniversary, Fatima Goss Graves considers barriers the law has lifted and those that remain on the frontlines of gender bias.
FairTest's Lisa Guisbond creates her own multiple-choice exam to raise larger questions about high-stakes testing.
A Minnesota legislator who sponsored the first charter school law in the country, Ember Reichgott Junge, dispels a few myths about the charter movement.
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