October 20, 2010

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A $1.8 billion, federally funded effort aims to deal with the physical damage still evident from Hurricane Katrina five years after the storm.
The federal clearinghouse goes beyond 'gold standard' research and sets standards for accepting other types of studies.
K-12 funding issues directly or indirectly dominate education-related state ballot measures around the country this election year.
While efforts to reduce chronic absenteeism typically focus on adolescents, experts say that the early grades are the place to start.
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Report Roundup
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Report Roundup
In announcing her departure, Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee said the future mayor has "a right to choose his own school leader."
While top-performing nations draw all their teachers from the top-third of the academic pool, the United States draws 23 percent.
But, with fresh-food vending machines and lessons from chefs, schools keep trying to ensure that students eat healthy at school.
For the first time in nearly a decade, the foundation unveils an initiative in the educational technology arena.
School leaders say the devices improve security and increase attendance rates, but some parents and privacy advocates question whether the technology could have unintended consequences.
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Many states fall short in the "fairness" of their school funding models, says a new study based on a detailed look at Census data.
Justices will consider if a warrant or parental consent was needed to question a student in a suspected child abuse case.
Policy Brief
Four Tulsa-area districts say they won't comply with a new state law providing private-school scholarship money for students with disabilities.
Complexity and the need for collective action are two missing elements in the new film "Waiting for 'Superman,'" teacher and doctoral student David Liebowitz writes.
Common standards are a reality, but how they are interpreted and assessed is all-important, writes Sarah Fine.
Teachers spend their work lives giving feedback to students, yet often cringe when faced with it themselves, Alexis Wiggins writes.
Richard D. Kahlenberg explains the significance of a new study on the Montgomery County, Md., schools.
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