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Federal education officials want plenty of input in deciding how to award $350 million in stimulus aid to help states craft joint assessments.
The long career of Theodore R. Sizer, who died this week, included books that helped inspire a movement for more personalized schooling.
In a speech, the education secretary tells programs they are doing a “mediocre job” and calls on them to continue their improvement.
Studies are showing that many principals don't stay on the job long, and that those who leave don't take other jobs as school leaders.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
The New Haven, Conn., accord paves the way for changes to teacher evaluation, compensation and support, and struggling schools.
The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals spent 10 months deliberating on the suit filed by NEA and nine school districts.
The report's recommendations would bring school meals in line with dietary guidelines for Americans.
Central-office support, access to the full curriculum, and teacher training help urban districts educate English-learners, a report finds.
Best of the Blogs
Teachers find the nitty-gritty of forensics excites students in a way that much of traditional science often does not.
Policy Brief
Schooling figures in key mayoral, gubernatorial races around the country, even without the benefit of a national election.
Opponents and backers of Kevin Jennings tussle over the Education Department official’s goals for the key office.
Even when faced with deficits, most states boosted or maintained funding for early education in 2010, a national advocacy group says.
Rising test scores at the elementary level mean the district is no longer on the state’s list for 'corrective action.'
"High expectations" is a misused term today, writes Joanne Yatvin, recalling a famous study of the effect of teachers' preconceptions.
Peer pressure isn't what it used to be, writes Joseph W. Gauld, but there are still ways to teach apathetic, media-obsessed kids.
Teacher Jessica Siegel tells why her yellowed copy of Mike Rose's well-loved book about at-risk students is still able to inspire.
Priscilla Wohlstetter, Joanna Smith, and Michelle Nayfack say that development of these nonprofit school networks is a positive for the charter movement.
These much-lauded charter networks may not be able to meet the administration's ambitious plans for them, writes Thomas Toch.
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