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A new study of two programs found they did not noticeably change teachers’ instructional practices, boost rates of teacher retention, or improve student-achievement outcomes, after a year of implementation.
A growing number of states make American Indian history and culture a formal part of what all students should learn.
States nationwide tally their losses, while trying to reassure retirees that funds are secure in the long-term.
The campaign winner will have a major role in reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind Act.
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Charter Schools
Like other professionals, teachers appear to be dipping into their sick time in order to run errands, do holiday shopping, or extend a weekend, a new analysis suggests.
Foreclosures caused by the nation’s mortgage crisis are said to be fueling the increases.
Cracking down on small but energy-inefficient devices was just one of many suggestions about 50 superintendents and other district officials heard during a recent “energy summit.”
Experts say shifts in other industries foreshadow similar changes that are likely to happen in education.
School district leaders urged their colleagues recently to make concrete plans for taking care of students whose parents have been picked up in workplace raids by federal immigration agents.
Policymakers need to turn the nation’s school finance systems on their head by connecting education dollars to student-achievement goals and outcomes, according to a study released today.
The states will experiment with long-range efforts to boost international competitiveness.
State Journal
Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings puts the Bush administration's final stamp on the No Child Left Behind Act with regulations on graduation rates, tutoring, and testing.
Federal File
A champion of greater choice in K-12 schooling, the foundation built on Wal-Mart money has risen to the top tier of private giving to precollegiate education.
Advocates of expanded educational options say John T. Walton, more than anyone else, was the driving force behind the Walton Family Foundation’s education work, and its focus on promoting school choice, from public charter schools to private school vouchers.
A recent decision by the College Board may make it harder to extend the advantages of Latin to the students likely to gain the most from them, warns teacher Lee T. Pearcy.
The many calls for "evidence based" decisionmaking notwithstanding, says Eric Schaps, the sad reality is that research has had less constructive influence during the past 10 to 15 years than it did before.
Tierney Cahill, a 6th grade teacher from Reno, Nev., was impelled by her students during a civics lesson to run for public office in the 2000 election. Placing them in charge of her campaign, she decided to seek a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. In a new book, Ms. Cahill for Congress, she recounts her campaign, the students’ participation, and the lessons they all learned over the course of the election year.
"Rebuilding the teaching profession around current attrition patterns is a lot like building a hospital at the bottom of the cliff—shortsighted and ultimately counterproductive," write Arthur E. Levine & David Haselkorn.
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