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As the once-unthinkable idea of arming teachers gains traction, some districts offer insights on what's involved when employees bring weapons to school.
Some major urban districts are working to establish more consistent standards for expulsion and suspension policies in charter schools.
The president wants to dramatically expand preschool access for low- and middle-income children, but has yet to spell out the cost.
New research suggests that a significant proportion of students placed in college remedial courses don't need them.
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Report Roundup
Obituary
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Correction
North Dakota becomes the fifth state where the two unions have united, and Wisconsin is moving toward that goal.
The proposal includes a 3.0 GPA for applicants and evidence that programs' graduates make an impact in their K-12 classrooms.
The agency's proposed rules would also limit junk food sold a la carte on school lunch lines.
The head of the National Science Foundation plans to step down, while the National Science Teachers Association gets a new director.
Systems like Tennessee's Degree Compass, which uses K-12 data to match students to courses, could be useful for high schools.
Students are teaming up to do quick online research to feed to debaters in real time for honing arguments and articulating rebuttals.
A 12-city study finds districts are struggling over what to do with all the schools they are closing down.
Best of the Blogs
With dozens of charter schools, the Crescent City had dozens of different discipline policies.
In an exclusive interview with Education Week, Richard Barth talks about expulsion and suspension policies in his charter school network.
Does penalizing students for a laundry list of common infractions—both minor and more serious—instill self-discipline, or lead some to become alienated from school?
The U.S. Department of Education eyes giving $9.2 million to help states devise better tests, including for children entering kindergarten.
In the Public Interest, a nonprofit, says Bush's Foundation for Excellence in Education is being used as a cover for companies seeking public money.
Policy Brief
A new law empowering the governor and stripping the state schools chief of authority draws political pushback.
A state district court judge ruled the Texas school financing system unconstitutional, cheering hundreds of local districts that had sued.
Congress has yet to decide when or whether to start work on long-overdue reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Here are summaries of recent annual addresses by governors around the country. In this roundup: District of Columbia, Kentucky, Illinois, Maine, Missouri, Montana, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
Vocational training offers a sound path for students with autism and other challenges, Susan Senator writes.
Personalized learning would improve schooling for all students, especially those who move a lot, Beth Rabbitt writes.
Letters
A chance meeting with the former secretary of defense prompts Paul Kimmelman to ask him about leadership.
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