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A group started by former Teach For America members helps novices navigate the cultural and instructional challenges they face in the city's schools.
The NEA, in the first of what's likely to be a string of suits, claims teachers are being judged based on subjects and students they don't teach.
Some states are trying to provide meaningful, rigorous, and flexible academic and career options for their students.
Buoyed by a local tax, the Texas city aims to open an unusual and ambitious public preschool program in August.
News in Brief
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Correction
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
The first of two groups of states working to design common assessments has released a draft accommodations manual that outlines the types of test supports that can be used to help ELLs and students with disabilities.
Several dozen states are looking for an alternative to the GED high-school-equivalency test.
Best of the Blogs
While socializing virtually can make it harder for students to make deep connections with one another, new studies suggest that situations like video-chats or avatar environments can lead to more natural engagement.
Pressures put on school systems by the upcoming common-core assessments, and increasing emphasis on digital learning, are straining districts' online capacity, the official says.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is eyeing the nutritional content of foods sold in school apart from highly regulated lunches and breakfasts.
Tough work continues in assuring everyone is on board in a Texas city with 15 independent school districts.
This special report examines the complex relationship between the private and public sectors in K-12.
System allows secondary students to shift from vocational training to a degree roughly equivalent to the high school diploma.
The administration is seeking to shift Stafford Loans to a market-based rate at the time of the loan, but some warn that such a move could dampen college access.
Some low-performing Head Start centers fell short in recompeting for grants, but the agency has yet to specify which.
Policy Brief
News in Brief
Education Week analyzes nearly 400 bills related to school safety filed in the days, weeks, and months after the deadliest K-12 school shooting in American history.
Education Week Commentary editors look at academic, demographic, and other trends since the landmark report was released 30 years ago.
Letters
Teach For America has many good points, but it could do more to help its corps members, Lauren Blair Aronson writes.
Letters
Letters
City leaders must make after-school education a priority, a group of mayors and city council members writes.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Atlantic Philanthropies, the California Endowment, Carnegie Corporation of New York, 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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