June 15, 2011

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Private schools have kept up with demand so far, academics say, but voucher programs' design and scale complicate longer-term prospects.
A federal audit will investigate whether food-service-management companies are pocketing the rebates from food suppliers.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is preparing to grant states relief from key provisions of the NCLB law in exchange for what he calls "commitments to key reforms."
Organizers of the Washington march say U.S. policymakers are moving in the wrong direction to bring about school improvement.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
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Civil rights groups, parents, teachers, and school leaders form opposing camps in placement of NYC charter schools.
Nationally, the years spanning prekindergarten to 3rd grade are seen as crucial and are the subject of ambitious initiatives.
Summer programs are harnessing technology to try to improve students' academic proficiency.
California and Wisconsin have each rallied a group of states to compete for $10.7 million to develop ELL tests tied to common standards.
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This special report examines how multimedia tools are transforming teaching and learning, especially in the core academic subjects.
Career-college programs can lose access to federal student aid if too many of their students fail to find "gainful employment."
The concept proves intriguing, but logistics and opposition lead many state lawmakers to move slowly.
Policy Brief
Kevin Jennings moves on after two years as head of the Education Department's office of safe and drug-free schools.
Gov. Brown's plan to end funding follows years of developing work on the longitudinal data system for students and teachers.
An innovative education model involving public-private partnerships can reach students whose academic future is in question, write Stanley S. Litow and Robert B. Schwartz.
Johns Hopkins University's Yash Gupta says universities have a role to play in helping students prepare for and succeed at college.
The whole-class novel and the basal reader are alienating students from the written word and these practices must be stopped, writes Pam Allyn.
Letters
Data analysis has an important instructional role in the classroom, explains Ronald S. Thomas.
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