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The content of the biology curriculum is slowly catching up with the scientific research on DNA and the human genome.
Ruling on an issue that confronts states nationwide, a federal judge has ordered California to make accommodations for students with disabilities on its high school exit exam and to develop an alternative form of the test for some special education students.
States would have significant flexibility in meeting new federal testing requirements, under draft regulations released by the Department of Education last week.
The academics responsible for training the nation's teaching corps fear a new federal law demanding that all K-12 teachers who serve poor children be "highly qualified" may actually backfire and lower standards for educators.
Eagle's Pride. Peace. America. Veteran's Remembrance. World Trade Center. With patriotic fervor surging since the terrorist attacks last September, these and other all-American names have been suggested for new schools being opened in communities around the country.
The North Korean flag hanging at Diloreto Elementary School in New Britain, Conn., could be taken down this week if the local school board agrees with one of its members, who contends that the banner is offensive.
  • Court Upholds Restriction on Boy's Religious Messages
  • School's Teacher-Wellness Day Draws Scrutiny in Erie
  • District to Sell Drug-Test Kits; Results Will Be Confidential
  • Baltimore School Officials Order Checks of Older Buses
  • Student Loses Lawsuit on Missing End of Senior Year
  • Minn. District Pays $500,000 in Wrongful-Death Settlement
  • Phila. Council Members Go to Court Over Takeover
  • Arkansas Principal Charged in Alleged Grabbing Incident
Christine H. Rossell, a political science professor at Boston University, is a lone wolf among researchers who study schooling for English-language learners.
The part of the school day that Connecticut student Matthew Cavedon used to dread most might surprise other children his age: recess.
The NEA finds that the average teacher is older and has spent more time in college; Superintendents are frustrated with their school boards; Boston teachers convene to discuss education in the nuclear age; The National PTA rails against President Reagan's 1993 education budget; and more.
Technology PageDonated computers are not always a boon to districts, according to some technology experts. Many schools find that they cannot use the older, outdated equipment that businesses and individuals want to give them, or that the cost of repairing and maintaining older technology is too high.
Recent efforts to improve early-reading achievement through skills-based instruction could be undermined unless a greater emphasis is placed on teaching children reading-comprehension strategies throughout their academic years, an upcoming federal report concludes.
A group of parents is suing a California district for authorizing what they call pro-gay skits for elementary-age children without notifying parents.
Under legal pressure to better integrate its schools, the Hartford, Conn., school district is making neighboring suburbs an offer it hopes they can't refuse: Send your children to our magnet schools, and we will foot the bill.
Three-year-old Piel and her sister Precious, age 2, are instantly captivated by the alphabet puzzle. Sitting on their living room carpet with home visitor Sylvia Serrano, the girls clap for themselves when they fit the brightly colored, lower-case letters into the proper places.
Grants by foundations to K-12 education skyrocketed in the period from June 30, 2000, to last July 1, according to a new report published by the Foundation Center.
Foundation grants to K-12 education underwent explosive growth last year, increasing by 73 percent over the previous year, to $1.4 billion, according to the Foundation Center, which analyzed grants made by 1,015 philanthropies.
High school students who take the SAT II subject tests required for admission to many colleges soon will no longer be able to choose which scores the colleges see.
The final report evaluating New York City's involvement in the nationwide Annenberg Challenge paints a mixed picture of its impact on student achievement, but concludes that the high-profile initiative "well served" the 50,000 students who directly benefited from it.
The following charts compare the performance of elementary and middle schools in the New York Networks for School Renewal consortium with comparable citywide averages on reading and math tests.
  • High Schools Called 'Pathways to Nowhere'
  • Grading the IDEA
  • Recruiting Teachers
  • Sizing Up Schools
  • School Choice
  • Technology Research
  • Teacher Spending
  • 'Ecstacy' Abuse
  • Delinquent Youths
  • Technology States
  • Finance Equity
  • Improving Preschools
  • Tracking Choice
  • Charter Schools
  • Teacher Distribution Hurts Poor Schools, AASA Warns
  • Evaluating Standards
  • Turning Out Teachers
  • Adding Up Calculators
  • Literacy Mediocrity
The group that led the charge to overhaul Kentucky's schools a decade ago and then faded from the spotlight is again preparing for battle. This time, it wants generous funding increases for the state's public schools.
California teachers and union leaders say that pending state legislation on collective bargaining offers a common-sense approach to improving instruction, raising teacher morale, and increasing accountability. To many others, the measure represents an attack on public education, school reform, and democracy itself.
Terrorist threats, health-care costs, and the environment dominated the National Governors Association's meeting here last week. But the governors insisted that education hasn't slipped as a top issue—especially during what is a gubernatorial-election year for 36 states.
  • Mass. Cites Poor Performance in First Charter School Closure
  • Mississippi Schools Face Cuts, Deficits
  • South Dakota Reverses Law on Foreign Languages
President Bush's pick for the top civil rights post at the Department of Education had a chance to make his case to a Senate panel last week, five months after he was nominated.
The Department of Education has shown notable improvement in its financial reporting and management activities, but not enough to win a "clean" audit, a report from independent auditors revealed last week.
The U.S. Supreme Court declined last week to step into the debate over the legality of high-stakes testing.
A key lawmaker introduced a bill last week outlining his vision for transforming the Department of Education's oft-criticized research arm into a streamlined, more independent "academy of education sciences."
Here are highlights of the Department of Education's proposed rules on standards and assessments under the "No Child Left Behind" Act of 2001:
The Department of Education announced last week the 21 members of the negotiating committee that will help write new rules related to standards and assessments under the "No Child Left Behind" Act of 2001. The agency selected participants—who include state and local school administrators, teachers, school board members, and parents—from among more than 100 individuals and groups that submitted comments about the "negotiated rulemaking" process by a Feb. 19 deadline.
Schools' failure to teach students their constitutional rights compromises our democratic ideals, writes Barbara Landau.
Marc F. Bernstein says that student 'demonstrations' of their learning apart from standarized tests can help restore the proper balance between accountability and learning.
David H. Monk and Herbert J. Walberg discuss two initiatives they believe are helping to bridge the great divide between policy and research.
Jamie Robert Vollmer, a former business executive and attorney, reflects on the moment he learned that a school is not a business.
  • The Skin That We Speak: Thoughts on Language and Culture in the Classroom
  • Educating Our Black Children: New Directions and Radical Approaches
  • Power and Place: Indian Education in America
  • Alternative Schooling for African American Youth: Does Anyone Know We're Here?
  • Overcoming the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African American Young Women
  • Stand and Prosper: Private Black Colleges and Their Students
  • Learning While Black: Creating Educational Excellence for African American Children
  • Shades of White: White Kids and Racial Identities in High School
  • To Show What an Indian Can Do: Sport at Native American Boarding Schools
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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