September 26, 2012

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The tentative contract reached with teachers presents another tall hurdle: how the cash-strapped district will pay for it.
An ongoing series of studies shows students do better when word problems are tailored to their interests.
A number of national school organizations are trying to introduce parents to the common-core standards through written materials, videos, public service announcements, and in-person presentations.
Early-childhood educators say the test focuses too much on academics and too little on social and emotional skills.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Correction
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
One new study draws attention to the large numbers of Detroit children who have been exposed to lead, and suggests ways schools can help those who struggle academically.
Dissatisfied with what was available, Utah educators are producing high school math e-textbooks they aim to align with the standards.
Nonprofit and for-profit online fundraising companies work with schools to help them raise money for programs and services.
A flagship Manhattan location is one of about 20 private schools worldwide that the Edison Schools co-founder plans to roll out over the next 15 years.
Just over half of black males earn a high school diploma in four years, compared with more than three-quarters of white males, the Schott Foundation finds.
Best of the Blogs
Voters in various states will decide on teacher evaluations, funding, and charter school access, among other issues.
Policy Brief
Some question what's been dubbed "Obama Core," but others are more sympathetic to the standards push.
Seven mostly rural states offer their own spin on school accountability as they join 37 others in seeking a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education.
Teacher partnerships give educators freedom coupled with real responsibility for school results, writes Kim Farris-Berg.
New organizations are working to harness the power of parents to change school policy, Andrew Kelly and Patrick McGuinn write.
Cognitive development and academic independence are but two of the benefits gained by students who learn how to play chess, writes Salome Thomas-EL.
Letters
In a complex universe of subjective measurement criteria, trusting the results becomes a tricky proposition, writes Michael J. Feuer.
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