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The double whammy of soaring tuition and stagnant wages means too many Americans are seeing college slipping out of their grasp, warns the head of a biennial report card on postsecondary education.
Educators and activists are working to introduce nature-based learning for students as a way to address such concerns as childhood obesity and achievement.
NCLB is Bush’s top domestic legacy. The president pressed for the school accountability law from the beginning.
States have come a long way in building longitudinal data systems in just three years, but dire budget conditions won’t make it easy to finish them.
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Children in high-poverty schools are about twice as likely to have teachers without standard qualifications, a study finds.
The software mogul calls stepped-up federal investment in schooling a smart move in tough economic times.
A six-year investigation yields a call for remaking a system that researchers see as disconnected from student-learning priorities.
The rules state that parents have the right to revoke their consent for their children to receive special education services, after making a request in writing.
The NEA plans to take to help increase the capacity of teachers to engage in RTI programs as they spread through school districts.
Education officials in Tennessee are poised to launch a major overhaul of its system for preparing principals, in a move aimed at improving the quality of the of school leaders.
Imagine the research possibilities if every student in the country carried a “virtual backpack” stuffed with statistics on his or her entire educational history.
Preschool & After School
The fallout could include layoffs, increased health-care costs for workers, shorter school weeks, and cuts in school programs.
In a meeting with the president-elect, governors made the case that education and health care are in danger of significant cuts.
State Journal
Potential candidates include school chiefs and several current or former governors.
Legal question involves which federal laws are to be used to combat gender discrimination in education.
Federal File
The secretary of education works on global education issues, but efforts to help schools comply with the No Child Left Behind Act will be her legacy.
No iPods. No cellphones. No MySpace or Facebook. And always a sergeant around to keep things in check. No wonder the Army Preparatory School is working.
"Are schools measured as high-performing by their accountability systems actually better schools? And could others learn from them what to do better?" asks Heinrich Mintrop.
Future leaders might look to the precedent established by Secretary Spellings to fashion a strategy that NCLB critics would embrace, thereby robbing her and President Bush of the education legacy they sought to leave behind, says Eugene W. Hickok.
The power of storytelling has helped students in one school district contemplate their futures and build community, explains Maurice J. Elias.
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