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Regardless of the degree of influence Texas wields on texts nationally, recent state laws on digital materials could force change.
Proposed regulations in Illinois would require that districts offer English-learners in preschool the same support as in K-12.
States and teachers' unions clash over policy changes aimed at securing some of the $3.4 billion in stimulus grants still left.
News in Brief
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
One of the bolder ideas outlined is to simply get rid of the bottom 5 to 10 percent of all teachers.
Florida researchers compared the reading achievement of identical and fraternal twins taught by different elementary teachers.
Best of the Blogs
Chicago's Urban Prep is piquing the interest of educators eager for ways to improve outcomes for black males from tough neighborhoods.
Hostility between Gov. Chris Christie and the union claims its first casualty with the defeat of hundreds of local school budgets.
Policy Brief
Lawmakers and the Obama administration weigh the need to include a range of important support services amid fiscal pressures.

This new special report from the technology team at Education Week Digital Directions aims to highlight the progress made in the e-learning arena, as well as the administrative, funding, and policy barriers that some experts say are slowing the growth of this form of education.

The U.S. Department of Education is repealing a Bush-era policy that some critics argue was a way to avoid complying with federal law in providing equal opportunities for female athletes.
Civil rights groups argue that the current system harms poor and minority students.
It could be years before most state budgets return to prerecession health, fiscal experts warn.
Capitol Recap
Grover J. "Russ" Whitehurst questions whether the Obama administration has the authority to set the policies that are determining its allocation of stimulus funding.
Research on schools' use of "default" college-preparatory curricula reveals some sobering downsides, write Christopher Mazzeo, Elaine Allensworth, and Valerie Lee.
Warren Simmons argues that trust-based partnerships—backed up with some important ground rules—can avoid the need for wholesale firings at troubled schools.
Al Ramirez, a former chief state school officer, argues that the scales have been tipped too much toward centralized decisionmaking, robbing American education of its historical strengths.
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