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Many states are moving to delay or alter test-based accountability for schools and teachers, as tests associated with the Common Core State Standards head for debut nationwide.
For a few districts, the school nutrition rules set to take effect July 1 are just too tough to swallow.
International test data show high percentages of American students are in classes where teachers report that sleepiness gets in the way of instruction "some" or "a lot" of the time.
A national network of after-school tutoring centers that brings a focus on creative writing is reaching a growing number of urban youths.
The city district's attempt to promote new school models and spread promising new practices is at risk of being overwhelmed by a massive funding shortfall.
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Such conversions are rare, but a number of schools have made the switch in recent years. A study this spring found enrollment grew dramatically following the change.
Flush with new state money for 45,000 preschool spots in public schools and community-based centers, New York City is pushing to make sure families know all their options.
Companies trying to sell ed-tech products to school districts often face significant barriers, including arcane purchasing systems and difficulty reaching decision makers
School superintendents give diverging views on the common core, teacher evaluations, and educational technology in the latest of a series of polls.
Dozens of applicants are competing to be part of a new crop of charter-like public schools to replace failing district schools.
The situation is raising a tangled web of questions about state educational databases, federal student-privacy laws, and common-core standards.
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Faced with the possibility of being laid off this summer, the teacher plans to leave the district for an education-outreach job with a university robotics lab.
A $1.5 million grant gave a Philadelphia principal considerable freedom to reshape her elementary school's instructional model, staff, and school day.
Funding is needed to balance investments in new models with support for promising work in existing schools, says non-profit head.
A new district staffer helps spread innovative ideas among school leaders and central office staff eager to try new approaches.
With an assist from Science Leadership Academy, teachers are bringing an inquiry-based, 1-to-1 computing initiative to a Phila. neighborhood high schools.
This special report focuses on the educational technology marketplace, including what it looks like, how it works, and the changes that are likely to shape it.
The Republican governors of Oklahoma and South Carolina signed legislation in recent days that requires their states to develop new standards to replace the common core.
California school districts would see their share of teacher-pension costs more than double to nearly 20 percent under a proposal from Gov. Jerry Brown.
Access to higher education coursework as a high school student helped Karina Madrigal become a first-generation college graduate.
South Texas College has propelled more than 70,000 high school students toward college and career pathways since 2003, writes Nicolás González.
Preparing students for economic independence, whether via college or career, is imperative, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Superintendent Heath Morrison says.
Higher education has an essential role to play in encouraging younger students to pursue college options, writes Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux.
Shirley Franklin writes that she wishes she had focused more on the impact of higher education on low-income students.
Five education thought leaders offer their priorities for encouraging college access for all students.
First lady Michelle Obama writes about her Reach Higher campaign to inspire students, educators, and communities to focus on making college a reality for all young people.
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