November 2, 2011

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Students are taking on more college debt in this struggling economy, often without the knowledge to make wise choices.
A measure to renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act faces steep political hurdles.
If big-city districts are looking to close budget gaps, shuttering schools may not be the best strategy.
A service called Bookshare makes traditional books quickly accessible for students with certain disabilities.
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Report Roundup
A new study pits the common-core standards against those of California, Massachusetts, Texas, the International Baccalaureate, and a college-based set.
Six other federal grant programs, like i3, are tying the size of their grants to the level of research evidence.
A pilot program puts a branch of the federal government in the unusual position of paying incentives to students and teachers in military communities.
Best of the Blogs
The measure had generated an unexpected backlash, with teachers raising concerns they would be barred from using popular social media sites.
A measure will decide the fate of new limits on the bargaining rights of teachers and other public employees.
Most states have laws addressing bullying but now federal lawmakers are getting in the game.
Policy Brief
The Obama administration highlights its education record, while drawing a sharp contrast with the GOP in Congress.
The common-core standards cry out for K-12-higher education collaboration, Brad C. Phillips and Bruce Vandal write.
Eric Witherspoon discusses the many facets of his school's efforts to encourage achievement for all students.
Concerns about safety, academic rigor, counselor accessibility, and classroom management plague many high school students in New Orleans, writes Linda Tran, a recent graduate of one of them.
Sheldon H. Berman and Arthur Camins describe a successful turnaround model which promotes a professionalized and collaborative teaching culture that is also student centered.
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