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A new study also finds that social studies tests have taken a hit in the past decade.
Student and parent groups in five cities are calling for a moratorium on school closings, as debates over their effects intensify.
As criticism of school suspension grows, some schools turn to techniques aimed at teaching students to right their wrongs.
A tight race for governor, the burden of rebuilding a school funding system, and a ballot measure on charter schools could transform education in Washington state.
Many waiver states are setting different expectations for different subgroups of students, a dramatic shift in policy from the original law.
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El Paso, Texas's ex-superintendent faces 42 months in prison for conspiring to boost students' scores on state tests.
An ambitious proposal from two economists attempts to create a "Consumer Reports" for educational technology.
Thousands of students are paying a dollar a day to leave their digital devices in trucks parked near the schools as a result of the district's policy banning cellphones in school buildings.
Leaders of a new center designed to expand students with disabilities' access to online courses have expressed concerns about those students' participation in e-learning.
Schools are looking for alternatives to the tests that determine whether students must take remedial courses.
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The Institute of Education Sciences, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, wants studies that take an iterative approach to finding "what works."
The community surrounding Walter H. Dyett High School say the planned phaseout of their school is just the latest blow to their struggling students.
Arguments in a case involving race-based admission policies at the University of Texas at Austin draw intense scrutiny.
Policy Brief
The latest state to allow charters wrestles with how to manage their growth and relationship with regular public schools.
Vice President Joe Biden slams GOP rival Paul Ryan's budget plans, which Biden says would cut education funding.
Schools need to create and support communities of trust to foster honesty in their students, Eugene Bratek writes.
Chester E. Finn Jr. and Jessica A. Hockett write that exam schools offer a great high school education to students that is both free and competitive.
David Polochanin reflects on cursive handwriting's declining role in schools and the larger world.
Letters
The most prominent K-12 "reformers" are out of touch with the daily realities of public schools and the teachers who work inside them, writes Cheryl Scott Williams.
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