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Controversy seems to be part of the identity of the Milton Hershey school, an unusual tuition free institution that Milton S. Hershey and his wife founded in 1909 and that now spends an average of $96,000 per student each year.

A fight in a Connecticut school district over the use of computers to provide high school courses is raising questions about whether technology can replace teachers.
In Washington-area schools coping with a sniper's threat, the responses have been quick, decisive—and strikingly similar.
Voters in 12 states will decide ballot measures on Nov. 5 that, if passed, could alter the direction of education in some states for years to come. Includes a table, "Education Measures."

The Los Angeles Unified School District will keep open 17 special education centers for students with severe disabilities, rather than integrate most of those 4,800 students into the district's regular schools.
The Center for the Child Care Workforce is merging with the American Federation of Teachers Educational Foundation and will cease to exist as a separate entity, leaders of both organizations announced last week.
Departments
  • National Group's President Placed on Leave in District
  • N.Y.C. Schools, Teachers' Union Agree to Schedule Change
  • School Board in Michigan Suspends Key Officials
  • Ex-Officials to Pay Interest in Thefts From Ky. Foundation
  • 7 Percent of Charter Schools Have Shut Down, Report Says
  • Ga. Students Disciplined For 'Lynching' Barbie Doll
Departments
The man heading the New York City schools is quick to admit that he knows case law better than he knows school management. But he has a bold proposal to make nonetheless: If you give me some time, I will turn around the biggest school system in the country.
A new study confirms that children and adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have smaller brains than those without the disorder.
Departments
Two companies have settled a complaint brought against them by the Federal Trade Commission that they sold personal information about high school students to commercial marketers.
Under pressure to identify and educate homeless children, educators, advocates, and homeless service providers gathered to discuss ways to comply with the new requirements.
Departments
In response to rising childhood-obesity rates, top health educators, nutritionists and doctors met last week to determine how schools should work to slim down their students.
  • Educators Urged to Bring History Alive
Departments
Research PageTwo researchers contend that they have found the "missing ingredient" without which schools stand little chance of improving: a strong bond of trust among members of the school community. Includes a chart, "Trust and Student Achievement."
Most high school students do not believe their public schools are preparing them "extremely well" to know how to learn, get a good job, or go to college, according to an annual survey of teachers and students released last week.
  • Court: Foxworthy Shirt Is
    First Amendment-Worthy
  • Violent Letters
Departments
  • Funders Get Advice on Achievement Gap
Tennessee's supreme court ordered the state last week to find a more equitable way to pay teachers, creating a quandary for lawmakers and the next governor that may cost the cash-strapped state hundreds of millions of dollars.
A legal group that played a key role in the U.S. Supreme Court case upholding private school vouchers is taking the stage for its second act.
Departments
  • Kentucky's New Tests Meet Federal Law
  • Massachusetts Think Tank Adds Education Center
  • Virginia Sees Steady Rise in Student Test Scores
  • Appellate Court Upholds California Bilingual Law
Voters in 12 states will decide 16 education-related ballot measures on Nov. 5. Here are summaries of those proposals.
Has Secretary of Education Rod Paige's shortage of conventional political savvy actually helped him cut through the insular world of Capitol Hill, or left him floundering among Washington's policymakers?
The U.S. Supreme Court declined last week to hear two appeals involving the free-speech rights of educators involving school matters.
Departments
What do educational publishers, librarians, and the descendants of Dr. Seuss have at stake in a U.S. Supreme Court case about copyright?
  • GAO: Jury Remains Out on Private Vouchers
  • New Office to Promote 'Financial Literacy'
  • Department Awards School Choice Grants
  • Measure Would Rename Title IX for Rep. Mink
  • House Bill Aims to Guard Home School Privacy
A Harvard economist's year-long sojourn in the Boston public schools offers one model for strengthening the ties between education research and practice.
When it comes to engaging students, writes Lynn M. Hoffman, schools could learn a few things from yearbooks.
San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales says mayors of large cities must embrace their responsibilities to schools.
Departments
Daniel J. Losen and Gary Orfield on ensuring quality support for special education students.
David Satcher, former U.S. surgeon general, says that schools may hold the most crucial role in curing obesity.
Letters
Departments
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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