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Controversial new guidance issued by the federal government will allow districts to make permanent cuts in special education spending.
The rise of nonunion advocacy groups for teachers has enabled them to cut their teeth on policy issues that affect the profession.
The schools are casting a wider net to develop the talents of girls, minorities, and disadvantaged students.
The president's plan is sure to face hurdles in a politically polarized Washington where one house of Congress is controlled by Republicans wary of federal spending increases.
News in Brief
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Buyout deals in the hundreds of thousands of dollars are angering lawmakers and communities that see them as a waste of taxpayer money while schools face deep budget cuts.
School food-service managers predict some school meals will cost more under rules drafted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Supporters see a stronger safety net for students, while others warn of increased reporting burdens.
The study of Massachusetts schools traces the urban charters' success to a "no excuses" approach.
New York state comptroller rejects a $27 million no-bid contact between the educational technology company and the state education department for developing assessment-tracking software.
East Lake's conversion from a 'war zone' to a national model led to the creation of Purpose Built Communities—a community-improvement approach in the mold of the Harlem Children's Zone.
Best of the Blogs
Education made an appearance in the recent debate featuring eight Republican presidential hopefuls.
Some states wrestle with how to implement ambitious promises they made in securing the federal grant money.
Policy Brief
In order to reform education, the nation needs action from a bipartisan Congress that looks beyond the quick fix, writes Gene R. Carter.
State education agencies can be compliance-driven organizations, but some state school chiefs are emerging as creative leaders, Isabel Owen and Daniel Lautzenheiser write.
History has shown that public schools are not up to the job of teaching skills for the future, so they should stop trying, Christopher L. Doyle argues.
Iris C. Rotberg writes that international test-score comparisons tell us much more about the impact of poverty on children than about our national economic competitiveness.
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