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A Carnegie Corporation of New York report sounding the alarm about a "quiet crisis'' facing the nation's youngest children evoked a loud and emotional outpouring of support from top government, business, health, and education officials at a meeting here last week.
Hoping to end the "shocking underrepresentation" of African-Americans on the faculties of the nation's colleges and universities, two public higher-education associations have launched an initiative to increase the number of black doctoral candidates.
At least at the 8th-grade level, American students' writing skills are improving, researchers said in an unofficial preview of upcoming reports based on data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Emerson said it best: an authentic education "allows a scholar to give the world the shape of his own mind." But old Waldo never had to endure the 20th-century college admission process.
What is wrong with mandated "full inclusion" for all deaf children, and why must the continuum of alternative placements be maintained?
A cross most of the country these days, education leaders are badly frightened and deeply concerned. Many of them-and the reforms they are pursuing-are under concerted attack by opponents who are well organized, media savvy, persistent, and nationally connected.
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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