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A proposed change to Colorado's constitution may test the public's appetite for a retooled school funding formula in an uncertain economic climate.
Despite a wave of measures abolishing the controversial disciplinary practice, many communities are still using paddles to curb student misbehavior.
School districts are facing vexing financial and operational questions about how they will comply with the Affordable Care Act, which is leading some school systems to cut employees' work hours.
The largest for-profit provider of precollegiate online learning and one of the few publicly traded companies in the K-12 marketplace saw its stock value take a nose dive.
News in Brief
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
The Southern Education Foundation says that nearly half of all schoolchildren now live in poverty, and it's especially pervasive in the South and the West.
A study finds that a school's poverty level is a bigger 'divider' than its location or racial makeup in predicting its students’ college success.
Common Sense Media has unveiled a new initiative to encourage the educational technology industry to protect student data from falling into the hands of corporate interests.
The closely-watched system for evaluating teachers and providing bonus pay in the District of Columbia appears to be motivating weak and strong educators alike to higher performance.
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A disagreement with federal officials over the state's timeline to implement a teacher-evaluation system has left Illinois without a No Child Left Behind waiver so far.
The deal ending the partial government shutdown sets the stage for another high-stakes fight over federal funding—and the fate of sequestration.
Conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court appeared skeptical that Michigan's voter-enacted prohibition on affirmative action in higher education violates the 14th Amendment's equal-protection principles.
Universal free public schooling, a cornerstone of our modern democracy, is facing a quiet crisis—one that writer T. Elijah Hawkes calls the ownership gap.
To recognize the importance of education, advocates should erect a national teachers' monument in Washington, Anthony Mullen says.
When people continuously carp about public schools, they seem to forget that many of society's successful figures got their start in such schools, Brian Cleary writes.
Letters
The common-core standards offer the potential to raise the achievement of struggling students from low-income, minority communities, Thomas Toch says.
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