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University leaders must make student financial aid a priority to avoid putting their institutions at risk, a new report warns.
The American public is evenly divided over Congressional efforts to cut federal child-care aid, according to a recent poll.
Harvard University researcher Jessica Davis learned an important lesson from her children--a lesson that continues to shape her work today.
Abolish the U.S. Education Department, the Republican majority says. Redo the national history standards, 99 U.S. senators decide in an extraordinary resolution. Deregulate school lunches and get rid of Goals 2000 legislation that establishes new federal agencies to review national curricular standards, Congressional committees propose. The heated words and angry proposals mayor may not lead to concrete action but the word do spell the end of a decade of top-down school reform.
Testifying recently before a subcommittee of the new House Economic and Educational Opportunities Committee, former U.S. Secretaries of Education Lamar Alexander and William J. Bennett charged that the Clinton Education Department "operates from the deeply erroneous belief that American parents, teachers, communities, and states are too stupid to raise their own children, run their own schools, and make their own decisions.
Have the school "privatizers" gone from boast to bust? It's too soon to say, and privatization remains the political catchphrase of the 1990's. But with the Edison Project failing and Education Alternatives Inc. flailing, a teacher would look at these two underperformer and say it's time to call in the parents for a serious talk.
Two studies released within the past month point unwittingly to progress in one of the country's most maligned public institutions: urban schools. Taken together, these reports--both from the U.S. Census Bureau and unrelated to schooling--indicate a surprising, and largely unnoticed, achievement.
Our society uses the computer as its central tool for communicating and creating knowledge. Public schools do not. Most public schools misuse computers, and some cannot use them at all. Three significant obstacles stand in the way of the technological revolution schools desperately need: inappropriate teaching methods, stereotyping of students, and obsolete facilities.
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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