January 25, 2012

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Educators and experts say students still need to learn penmanship, even in a digital age.
As a money-saving measure for families and states, lawmakers are allowing early high school exits and providing tuition aid.
Administrators still seek guidance despite the Supreme Court's denial of cases involving discipline of student speech on the Internet.
A report calls for putting the district under mayoral control, shrinking its central office, and giving principals more say.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Now that all states can collect data on students' progress, it's time to make it useful, says the Data Quality Campaign.
The technology company announces content partnerships with major education publishers Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill, and Pearson.
The number of for-profit companies running public schools continues to grow, but not as fast as their nonprofit rivals, researchers find.
Through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, more schools and community centers are serving free suppers to low-income students.
A new initiative aims to set national education technology certifications for a number of professions.
Best of the Blogs
With a fresh, $550 million pot of cash, the education secretary is looking to jump-start district-level competitive initiatives.
As part of the Higher Education Act, a panel is trying to set rules that would make education school "report cards" more useful.
Policy Brief
A bill in the House on reauthorization would offer more leeway for districts and less federal oversight on use of education funding.
State of the States
Michelle A. Rhee responds to a recent study that found that teachers have a lasting impact on their students, long after they leave the classroom.
Let's break students free of conventional classrooms and invest in new teaching models, Arthur E. Wise writes.
Schools must restore the place of character education in learning, Joseph Gauld writes.
Letters
From the Web
Individualized instruction is critical to providing true 21st-century education, David V. Hicks writes.
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