October 24, 2012

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Should healthy students have access to the growing variety of chemicals that can boost attention, memory, concentration, and other abilities related to academic performance?
Though policy differences may have dampened enthusiasm for some, many teachers back President Obama for re-election.
The new measures set the state on a course for some potentially significant changes to the curriculum.
Learning 'how to be a Haut Gap student' is one of the basics at Charleston's Haut Gap Middle School.
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Report Roundup
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Researchers found value-added estimates of teachers' impact on student scores can be biased if academic tracking isn’t considered.
Some students are balking at the healthier lunches they are getting this year under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
The "master teacher" certification group, stymied by eroding state support, hopes to boost its influence in the education field.
The resignation is the latest change for the educational software giant, which is facing increasing competition in selling learning-management systems to schools and colleges.
The approach of mixing online instruction and face-to-face learning comes as Catholic schools face increasing competition from charter schools.
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This special report, part of Education Week’s ongoing series on virtual education, examines several blended learning approaches and aims to identify what is working.
The Obama and Romney camps bare sharp contrasts on the federal role in education, including on NCLB waivers.
Policy Brief
A sixth of some 600 state school board seats nationwide could turn over through election or subsequent appointment this year.
Every school should create a suicide-prevention task force to head off tragedies, Genevieve LaFleur and Scott Poland write.
In a debate over education issues, education advisers to both presidential candidates squared off on a number of key policy issues.
Students learn best with a curriculum that reaches across many disciplines, including the sciences and the humanities, writes Kenneth Wesson.
Letters
Suburbs are unprepared for major racial and demographic changes taking place in their schools, Erica Frankenberg and Gary Orfield write.
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