May 14, 2014

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Amid a resurgence in childhood diseases, some states are rethinking provisions that once allowed parents to exempt their children from school vaccine requirements for personal reasons.
To keep seniors on track for college and to avoid the "summer melt" that leads some astray after graduation, some educators are texting them reminders and information.
Dramatic demographic changes, shifting court opinions, and housing segregation make school integration a major challenge.
A pair of researchers have published a controversial book reigniting the long-running debate over academic achievement in public vs. private schools.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Performance on the national exams has stagnated since 2009, including among racial and ethnic groups, prompting renewed concerns about the persistence of achievement gaps.
Results from the first administration of the national exam, which is focused on assessing problem-solving skills, will arrive in 2016.
A survey finds teachers and administrators are looking more favorably than they did two years ago on the amount of time spent on testing and test prep.
A decision by PARCC to give the education vendor Pearson a major contract for common-core testing is being challenged by the American Institutes for Research.
Best of the Blogs
Despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down its race-based student-assignment plan, Jefferson County is maintaining diverse schools and improving achievement.
The Civil Rights Act and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act continue to offer tools for compliance, amid a shifting legal landscape.
Cleveland, Miss., appears far from getting out from under federal court supervision decades after a desegregation case was filed.
The rapid evolution of the technology is due largely to the rise in the use of mobile devices and the increasing technological savvy of school district administrators.
Reaching agreement with the Education Department on fine points of No Child Left Behind Act flexibility can be a make-or-break proposition.
Legal experts split on the implications for school boards after the U.S. Supreme Court upholds prayers before meetings of the town council in Greece, N.Y.
A political scientist and among the architects of landmark Great Society education laws, Samuel Halperin died in Washington May 6.
A new report calls for assurances that data collected on students will be used for educational purposes, but is sketchy on how to guarantee that happens.
State of the States
Sixty years after the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, racial disparities in schools should be a call to action, writes Leticia Smith-Evans.
High school senior Nicholas Dauphine writes that U.S. history has all but erased the struggles of Hispanics against racism.
Integration has a positive effect on almost every aspect of education that matters, and segregation the inverse, writes Derek Black.
School desegregation remains a goal worth pursuing, but by different, more nuanced means than schools used to employ, Leonard Stevens writes.
Statistics point to changed racial and ethnic enrollment patterns in American public schools.
Graduate student Pierce Gordon writes about words and actions that make some minority students feel unwelcome in school programs and on college campuses.
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