September 22, 2010

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Michelle Rhee's future­—and that of D.C.'s nationally watched school reforms—are uncertain in the wake of a mayoral primary defeat.
An Arizona state law restricting ethnic-studies classes hasn't kept students at Tucson High Magnet from signing up for the courses this fall.
State-level candidates worry about the federal fiscal role, while acknowledging such aid helps prop up budgets and secure jobs.
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Report Roundup
Advocates are wary and optimistic about what common standards and tests will mean for students with disabilities.
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Two federal advisory groups have issued reports on preparing and nurturing students in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Shunned by some civil rights leaders and some of its own members, the status of the Republican-led U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is unclear under President Obama.
Though scores rose slightly in math from the previous year on the college-entrance exam, they were stagnant in reading and writing.
A review of conflicting findings on mentoring programs finds that stable, longer-lasting pair-ups bring better results.
A pair of Australian studies finds that taking a year off may help spur students to complete college.
The Chicago district now offers a battery of online programs, ranging from math and reading enrichment to a virtual charter school with students learning almost entirely from home.
This special report, the second in a three-part series on e-learning, aims to answer questions related to the growing role of e-educators in K-12 education.
A study shows progress on state tests is running more parallel to gains on NAEP, a possible indication of real student progress.
Republicans running hard to take Congress are wary of an expanded federal role in education—and unlikely to back big, new spending.
Policy Brief
Officials from 11 states and the District of Columbia met in Washington as they prepare to implement the stimulus grants.
Extra money would go to after- and before-school and summer programs, but it could be used to extend the school day and year, too.
The Delaware congressman, defeated in the GOP senatorial primary, has longtime expertise in education issues.
The Obama administration must go beyond the conventional to spur early learning and close achievement gaps, write Paul Vallas and Nina Rees.
When it comes to professional development, writes Hayes Mizell, everyone supports it, but nobody knows if it works.
C. Jackson Grayson Jr. offers four suggestions for how educators can help turn a crisis into a fresh start.
They have disappointed in industry, writes author and educator Andrea Gabor, and in schools they could undermine reform.
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This special report, the second in a three-part series on e-learning, aims to answer questions related to the growing role of e-educators in K-12 education. It provides perspectives and advice from state policymakers and virtual school providers navigating through the new and often murky policy waters of online-only education, and features insights from e-educators in the trenches of vitual schooling.

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