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States and federal agencies are off to a slow and uneven start in helping the public track up to $100 billion in education aid.
Researchers find that high school graduation tests are hitting certain groups harder than others.
Lawmakers are mulling restrictions and budget cuts for the state’s nationally known virtual school.
The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing the right balance between student rights and school officials’ push for a safe environment.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
The justices heard oral arguments last week on whether a federal court had acted properly in ordering Arizona lawmakers to provide funds for ELL programs.
The United States risks "the equivalent of a permanent recession" unless the situation is remedied, a McKinsey and Co. researcher warned.
A new law includes service programs aimed at school-age children, but some worry that genuine service learning will take a back seat.
Health & Safety
Though more Windy City students are taking challenging academic programs, too few are making it into selective colleges, a study finds.
Policy Brief
Governors in South Carolina and Alaska balk at accepting education funding, even as others queue up for the money.
Advocates are using planned increases for K-12 and higher education to build support for the president’s spending blueprint.
Capitol Recap
Oklahoma lawmakers have sent the governor a measure that would move the office that analyzes student test scores out of the state education department.
Here are summaries of recent annual addresses by governors around the country.
Pat Forgione had no experience running a school district before he arrived in Austin, Texas. As he prepares to depart 10 years later, he earns high marks from a once-skeptical city.
"Reducing almost every class to 20 and eventually to 15 students would create many jobs for new teachers, as well as for classroom construction or reconstruction," writes Herbert J. Gans.
“In those tired debates between partisans of progressive and traditional teaching, most of those who hug the middle of the continuum get ignored,” argues Larry Cuban.
ESL educator Ellen Balleisen wonders if Arne Duncan will treat programs for young children and poorly educated adults as part of the educational mainstream, and not as stepchildren to K-12 and higher education.
"If we fail to confront the problem of score inflation, we will be left, once again, with an illusion of effective accountability," argues Daniel M. Koretz.
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