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Shawnee High's revamped staff must make high-stakes improvements this fall or face the consequences.
Teach for America, KIPP, and the Success for All Foundation are to get up to $50 million each in the federal program to spur educational innovation.
In their defense, educators say more federal guidance is needed on how to apply civil rights laws to programs for English-language learners.
New programs aim to hand-pick promising candidates for hard-to-fill rural teacher and principal positions.
News in Brief
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
States are raising GPA or college-entrance scores, offering a flat amount of tuition, or eliminating the merit-based scholarships.
Massachusetts and California are among those agreeing to teach to the same math and English/language arts benchmarks.
Finances, poor counseling, and inadequate academic preparation keep many Latinos out of four-year colleges and selective schools.
Early-childhood education and school leadership experts call for principals to get good professional development on young children.
The guide by the state school chiefs and the Association of Test Publishers is intended as a road map to better tests.
The wide-ranging study linked high student achievement to those principals who involved teachers, parents, and others in school decisions.
The state schools chief says ethnic studies classes violate a new law and threatens to cut aid to the district.
The health-care overhaul signed into law in March gave a boost to school-based clinics, but the money has yet to start flowing.
The state Supreme Court ruling makes Wisconsin the latest state to exempt teachers' private e-mails from public-records laws.
Best of the Blogs
A share of $3.4 billion in Race to the Top money is at stake as 18 states and the District of Columbia vie for Round 2 grants.
In a high-profile speech, the president called Race to the Top "the single most important thing we've done" on education.
Policy Brief
Educators in a number of states are opting for "transformation" in deciding how to use their federal School Improvement Grant money.
Backers say the aid is crucial in preventing a wave of school job layoffs amid continued state fiscal problems.
In reauthorization, Congress should recognize the limitations of solutions based on "teacher effectiveness," writes Jay P. Urwitz.
Bard College's Stephen Tremaine tells how high schools could help lower the college-dropout rates among some student groups.
The bureaucratic approach to schooling that national standards imply has always ignored the real problems of schools—and of society, writes Furman University's P.L. Thomas.
Letters
Letters
Policymakers may be overlooking one promising route to improving the literacy of low-income children, writes Susan B. Neuman.
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