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New analysis joins a small but growing body of research on absenteeism in the early grades.
In hiring Daniel A. Domenech, the directors of the American Association of School Administrators were looking for an advocate who could position the group in the front row of education policy debates in Washington.
Teachers of the early grades often admit to feeling lost in science, since many themselves have taken little college coursework in the subject.
The No Child Left Behind Act has been the subject of intense debate in school board meetings, state legislatures, and Washington policy circles. Everywhere, it seems, but the presidential campaign.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Report Roundup
The Detroit school system is facing a financial crisis that could lead to a takeover of its budget authority if state officials aren’t pleased with a plan to slash the budget.
In his new book, Harvard University researcher Daniel M. Koretz has some good news and some bad news for policymakers looking ahead to the reauthorization of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
A pair of new studies cast doubt on schools’ ability to make the academic improvements required under the main federal education law.
Law & Courts
The situation could have its biggest long-term impact on districts’ capital projects, as the upheaval in the credit and stock markets threatens to drive up the cost of borrowing money.
As legions of high school students prepare to spend long Saturday mornings this fall taking the SAT or the ACT, a national panel is recommending that colleges consider dropping the tests as an entrance requirement
With the pressure on to increase student learning, Georgia and Idaho states are in the process of overhauling what analysts say is among the most neglected pieces of the teacher-quality continuum: evaluation.
A formula that all high schools would have to use to calculate GPAs is encountering strong resistance from educators who fear it could discourage teenagers from taking challenging courses.
State Journal
Now that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a fiscal 2009 budget, almost three months into California’s new fiscal year, school districts will soon begin receiving more than $2 billion in long-delayed funding.
A multi-billion-dollar federal plan to assist the financial markets may leave the next president with very little room for major increases for K-12 schools, perhaps for the foreseeable future.
Federal File
As a new federal fiscal year begins, a multi-billion-dollar plan to help the financial markets may leave the next president with little room for significant increases for K-12 schools.
Sen. Barack Obama pledged last week to spend $2 billion to help eliminate the international “education gap” by 2015, if he is elected president.
Seemingly arcane new federal rules about supplemental retirement plans have sparked a seismic shift in responsibility for school districts.
Paul Goren and Judy Wurtzel describe some of the obstacles that prevent foundations and urban districts from forming successful marriages.
Lawrence M. Knowles, a parent, reflects on singling out exceptional children.
The latest publications on gender, race, school violence, urban schools, and more.
Thomas Toch and Douglas N. Harris outline what the next president (and Congress) could do to save education reform.
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