April 6, 2011

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Researchers say high attrition rates and private donations help explain the charter school network's success record.
With the federal well running dry on ARRA aid, states and school districts are feeling added pressure.
An array of civil rights, business, and education advocacy groups warn Congress about watering down accountability for boosting the achievement of minorities and other subgroups.
Proposed new federal rules governing the meals served to schoolchildren across the country each weekday are causing a stir among food industry groups, cafeteria managers, parents, and students.
News in Brief
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
The tool to alert teachers of pending layoffs may have outlived its usefulness, especially in tough budget times.
Researchers find a 'disconnect' between the rhetoric and the data on using academic growth to measure school progress.
A federal grant program to develop the next generation of English-proficiency tests could spur dramatic shifts in ELL policies.
Formspring has become the newest battleground for school counselors who already feel they are losing the war against cyberbullying.
The conservative forces that transformed the national political landscape are figuring in some school board races 'downticket.'
A new report finds the public has an appetite for performance data on teachers and students.
South Korea's former education minister says his nation is trying to scale back a heavy emphasis on tests and nurture broader skills.
Best of the Blogs

This special report explores the field often called “informal science education,” which is gaining broader recognition for its role in helping young people acquire scientific knowledge and skills.
Policy Brief
Eight months into the federal program, $14 million of the $650 million in innovation grant money has been spent.
As Congress wrangles over a federal spending plan, worries remain about the prospect of further cuts to K-12.
State of the States
Nancy S. Grasmick, the nation's longest-serving appointed schools chief, is leaving after 20 years.
Teacher quality has a clear financial impact on individual students and the economy, Eric A. Hanushek writes.
In the second essay in this seven-part series on school reform, Robert B. Schwartz, Ben Levin, and Adam Gamoran discuss what our education system would look like if we were to follow the best evidence and experience from abroad.
Schools need to do away with ineffective, expensive zero-tolerance policies, which carry tragic consequences for some youths, Gara LaMarche writes.
The current climate of teacher-bashing is dangerous for the future of our educators, their students, and learning writes Christine Emmons, a research scientist and scholar at the Yale Child Study Center.
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