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Low-income children in school districts that boosted spending after court-ordered changes were more likely to graduate from high school and have other positive outcomes, according to a new study.
The national teachers' union is imploring local affiliates to better engage current and potential members, and has launched a Center for Organizing to provide tools and training.
Nearly four years after winning its Race to the Top grant, Georgia still has a rocky climb to the education-redesign summit outlined in the state's application for the federal grant program.
Fred Bramante, an entrepreneur and former chairman of the New Hampshire board of education, is trying to help institutionalize real-world learning at schools across the Granite State.
Schools are exploring "single sign-on" technologies that allow both teachers and students to access multiple software programs with just one set of login information.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
With the programs surging in popularity, policymakers and advocates are wrestling with how to pay the costs and promote broader access to college for disadvantaged youths.
The death of a student who got sick at a school with no full-time nurse on duty has renewed a nationwide debate over the need for school nurses—even amid budget cuts.
The state's sweeping new Blueprint for English-Language Learners Success may be the first time state policymakers have made such a strong statement on the needs of ELL students.
Advocates in Washington are sparring over a congressional proposal to let some schools put off higher nutritional standards for school meals.
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A measure passed by the Louisiana legislature would give teams of teachers, administrators, and parents wide latitude in setting graduation and promotion requirements for students with disabilities.
With the top K-12 spot up for grabs in seven states, this year's vote could sway policy on contentious issues such as school choice and common standards.
The state is providing grants to help schools try out new approaches to college readiness and STEM instruction, and to broaden the pipeline for high-quality educators.
H. Richard Milner's search for a high-quality, diverse preschool for his daughters revealed early-education inequities.
Schools must be free to spark curiosity in students too distracted by other issues to come by it naturally, Erik Shonstrom says.
Letters
Letters
Making kindergarten intellectually stimulating does not preclude making it fun and play-based as well, write Daphna Bassok, Amy Claessens, and Mimi Engel.
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 HOPE Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Panasonic 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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