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Unless schools do a better job of collecting and analyzing the products of learning, teaching experts say, the drive to align classroom instruction with states' academic standards and testing programs will be incomplete.
Twenty-five years ago this week, President Gerald R. Ford signed the most important piece of special education legislation in the nation's history into law. Since then, it has created both opportunities and challenges, perhaps beyond expectations.
Despite its many challenges, many superintendents believe that technology put to good use can improve teaching, and that failing to adapt to technological changes is nothing less than a denial of the future.
Once almost extinct in the public schools, instruction about religion is slowly making its way back into precollegiate classrooms, a review of state and national curriculum standards suggests.
The Prince George's County, Md., school board has reached a milestone in its lengthy effort to end mandatory busing dating to a 1972 desegregation order.
  • Gas Explosion Kills 2,
    Destroys S.D. School
  • Pittsburgh Chief Proposes Cuts
  • Elders To Work Off Taxes
  • Noted Coach Faces Sex Charges
  • Denver Settles Suit Over Fight
  • N.Y.C. Teacher Wins Lottery
  • W.Va. Parent Fights Text
  • Teacher Charged in Threats
Officials at a respected private school in Charleston, S.C., have publicly apologized for a teacher's past sexual molestation of male students and set up a counseling program for his victims, as part of a settlement of outstanding lawsuits relating to the abuse.
A New York state judge issued a ruling this month narrowing the arguments that lawyers may use in moving forward with a class action against the state brought on behalf of poor children in the Rochester, N.Y., public schools.
Schools of education have a new resource to make parent and community involvement a stronger piece of their teacher-training programs.
  • One-Stop Web Shops for Educators
    Build Coherence Out of Confusion
Every weekday morning, 40,000 school buses operated by Laidlaw Education Services traverse communities across the United States and Canada, carrying 2.3 million children—more than three times as many pupils as its nearest competitor.
Four leading education investment companies are poised to pour as much as $2 billion into education ventures over the next 12 to 24 months, according to a report by, a Boston research firm.
  • Black Educators' Group Strives
    For 'Visible' Role in Policy Debate
Top Arizona education officials signaled their willingness last week to delay a requirement that high school students pass a state test to receive a diploma, in light of high failure rates and evidence of a persistent academic-achievement gap between minority and white students.
A new strategy aimed at recruiting teachers in Texas would no longer demand that prospective educators have backgrounds in the subjects they planned to teach or degrees from schools of education.
Kansas lawmakers need to add roughly $215 million in new education spending to keep schools afloat until the state can overhaul the way it pays for schools, a task force assembled by Gov. Bill Graves recommends in a new report.
New Jersey's 21 public and private colleges and universities could face a tough assignment from the body that governs them: Expand and improve your teacher- preparation programs—as quickly as possible.
  • Wyoming Pushes Back Testing Requirements
  • Pennsylvania District Wins Round
    In Writing-Test Fight
A group of urban districts wants money from Congress to help measure student achievement across cities, using a federal testing program.
Fresh from an election in which education played a prominent role, the Senate's next freshman class boasts no shortage of members who are well-versed in the subject—and have a range of opinions on how the federal government can best help schools. Includes the chart: "The Newest Senators."
The same year that Congress passed a sweeping new mandate on special education, Tai C. Du was born in Vietnam. Since then, the two have traveled a long road together.
In 1968, Martha Ziegler was preparing to send her 4-year-old daughter with autism to school. So she called her local school district to inquire about the types of programs it had for autistic students.
Over the past 25 years, the number of students with disabilities has increased, and new categories of disability have been created.
As a former teacher and school administrator, Virginia Copeland has spent a career in special education. But as the stepparent of a child with speech and learning disabilities, she has gained a different view of teaching children with disabilities.
Changing Face Above all, the three sixtysomething men want you to know they don't deserve the bum rap they feel they've gotten from the local newspaper and, as far as they can tell, from the citizens of Volusia County, Fla.
This year, people age 65 or older make up 15 percent or more of the population in only four states. And in no state do they constitute more than 20 percent of the population. But that picture is expected to shift dramatically in the next quarter-century. By 2025, more than half the 50 states are projected to have populations in which at least one in five residents is a senior citizen.
William Babcock was an early retiree bored with fishing when he started his teaching career at Ormond Beach Middle School here in 1993.
Spending for the federal government's two largest programs to support the elderly—Social Security and Medicare—is projected to climb sharply as the baby boom generation enters retirement.
Daniel L. Black says students are thriving under a progressive education project in Newark, N.J.
Richard Andrews calls for a more integrated and performance-based approach to teacher education.
Military-style community service programs could provide a road to salvation for many young adults who need a second shot at the economic mainstream, argues Hugh B. Price.
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