October 3, 2012

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K-12 programs could be affected by the outcome of a case on race-based college admissions coming up for argument at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Communicating with parents is proving to be a big challenge for districts facing immigrant influxes for the first time.
A scaled-back Education Department and cloudy prospects for Obama initiatives are among the scenarios.
Some states rethink the kind of tests high school students must pass to graduate, or whether to use exit exams at all.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Obituary
The latest results of the SAT college-entrance exam show declines in reading and writing and a leveling-off of math performance.
The dismissal of Superintendent Anthony J. Tata is the latest flare-up in a district struggling to cope with diversity.
Best of the Blogs
Marc Prensky, author of Brain Gain: Technology and the Quest for Digital Wisdom, talks to Education Week about how to use technology to bring out the best in students.
Key players on both sides come together to discuss pivotal U.S. Supreme Court cases involving students' free-speech rights.
The goal is to improve achievement in the state's lowest-performing schools by allowing students to progress at their own pace.
Conflict over a charter moratorium underscores national tensions over charter funding and management.
But the governor vetoed another bill that would have made it harder for schools to suspend for 'willful disobedience.'
Policy Brief
Four writers explore the implications of the recent teachers' strike in Chicago.
It will take more than computer-based tests to truly assess students' math abilities, Hugh Burkhardt writes.
Letters
Technology isn't a silver bullet, says Salman Khan, but when used appropriately, it can enable teachers to lead differentiated and interactive classrooms.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Atlantic Philanthropies, the California Endowment, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the GE Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and an anonymous funder. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations.

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