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States and districts are setting up online networks to connect teachers to peers who may live dozens or even hundreds of miles away with the ultimate goal of improving instruction.
Democrats are almost certain to leave their convention in Denver united behind Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois as their nominee for president. But it less likely that they’ll settle an intraparty disagreement over how much the public should expect from schools.
Hard-to-grasp dollar amounts are forcing real cuts in K-12 education at a time when the cost of fueling buses and providing school lunches is increasing and the demands of the federal No Child Left Behind Act still loom large over states and districts.
A struggling economy and skyrocketing fuel costs are making their grim presence felt as school districts across the country open their doors.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Teachers could earn up to $131,000 by next school year if their students post significant learning gains if the controversial proposal survives.
Students across the country struggled with advanced algebra on a first-of-its-kind test in that subject, according to a report to be released this week.
The use of interdistrict-choice programs is unlikely to significantly increase most students’ educational opportunities, a new report concludes.
Educators and advocates have been pointing to the data and trying to get the word out for years: Girls perform as well as boys in mathematics.
With a 9 percent increase in the number of graduating seniors taking the college-entrance exam, average scores fall by one-tenth of a point to 21.1 on a 36-point scale
Open Court Reading and Reading Mastery failed to earn ratings from the What Works Clearinghouse because they do not have any studies that satisfy the agency’s rigorous evidence standards.
Many students who leave school do return, but schools face disincentives for welcoming them back, a new study suggests.
Health & Safety
Researchers at the American Psychological Association's annual convention shared findings on the positive and negative effects of technology on developing and utilizing academic skills.
At a time when others are freezing or cutting back, the Keystone State is boosting K-12 spending and has revamped its funding formula.
State Journal
A program authorized by the revised Higher Education Act will study the impact of technology on learning.
A larger proportion of the American public thinks that the Democrats are more likely to strengthen public schools than Republicans, according to a pair of opinion polls.
Federal File
Writing workshops have drawn a steady and loyal following among teachers seeking to refine their own skills, reflect on their practice, and learn strategies for teaching their young scribes.
Elliot Washor, Samuel Steinberg Seidel, and Andre Bradley ask: What constitutes “readiness for college,” and how can this be measured?
Despite problems in their districts, the more successful urban school leaders stick around and make steady progress "more like long-distance runners than flashy sprinters," says Larry Cuban.
School-related e-mails can make a teacher's job both much easier and much more difficult, says Aliza Libman.
"We have created an educational structure that is convenient for government, convenient for teachers, and convenient for society— but seemingly highly unsuitable for many young people," writes Bernard Fryshman.
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