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New efforts aim to head off teacher biases by running preservice students through simulations or embedding them in urban neighborhoods.
African-American men like Chrissell Rhone make up just 2 percent of U.S. teachers and, for many of them, school can be a lonely place.
A state law aimed at encouraging—or prodding—small, rural districts to merge has hit some speed bumps on the road to implementation.
A growing share of the U.S. labor force works from home, and a handful of tech-savvy school districts in Alabama, Minnesota, and New Jersey have taken note.
Plans to streamline the application process for district and charter schools face parent resistance in some cities.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Correction
Teachers' common practice of sharing examples of stellar work can turn off struggling learners, says a study of online students.
To build and deepen empathy, a group of education organizations is calling on K-12 leaders to "shadow" a student.
An international study finds that the U.S. has fewer low-performers in science on the PISA but not so for math or reading.
Early education, scaling up promising district work, and socioeconomic integration are among the fiscal 2017 proposal's highlights. But it faces a skeptical, GOP-controlled Congress.
At a House oversight committee, members of Congress say they'll be watching closely as the states and U.S. Department of Education move forward on the Every Student Succeeds Act.
A new survey report finds that the Common Core State Standards have fostered instructional changes in U.S. classrooms, but offers less clarity on specific strategies that boost student achievement.
Best of the Blogs
State lawmakers must scramble to come up with a formula that satisfies that the court finds equitable or risk not having schools open for the 2016-17 school year.
Here are summaries of recent annual addresses by governors around the country.
The push for greater accountability in teacher preparation risks undermining equity, write two Michigan State University professors.
Self-care is an essential component of good teaching, not a mark of selfishness, writes educator Christopher Doyle.
Positive and diverse representations of nonwhite characters in children’s books are essential for all kids, writes Alvin Irby.
Letters
A Flint, Mich., teacher weighs in on how the city's water crisis has damaged more than students' health.
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