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As a curriculum director laboring in the 1980's, I have been nagged by a most radical thought: "The business of school is teaching and learning." Ten years ago, that statement would have been a cliche. Today, it will get you in trouble with superintendents every time.
After the family, the elementary school is the most important institution in a child's life. What is learned in elementary school provides the foundation for all future learning. Yet in terms of attention and status, elementary schools and educators occupy the lowest rung of the educational ladder.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)

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