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A recent survey of opinion leaders in five U.S. cities ranks K-12 education as a top priority for corporate social-responsibility programs.
The first wave of high school reform in the 1980's featured as its centerpiece state-mandated changes in high school graduation requirements. During that time, in fact, four out of every five states altered course and credit requirements, with these changes designed to encourage students like Anne Marie to take more challenging courses. What have been the effects of this near-universal reform? More importantly, what have we learned about change and how might we apply those lessons to current systemic-reform initiatives?
The school library media center of the 1990's is a very different place than it was nearly 30 years ago, when the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 provided the funds to purchase core book collections for school libraries.
A recent report conducted by Gary Orfield, the respected Harvard University desegregation expert, and sponsored by the National School Boards Association presented a sobering look at the extent to which America is fracturing itself along racial and economic lines.
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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