May 9, 2012

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Studies suggest that coeducational classrooms are an ideal setting to dispel gender biases and teach boys and girls to get along.
The specially themed schools conceived to spur desegregation are becoming another choice for public school students.
"Text dependent" questions that require students to dig deeper into their readings will be housed in an online repository.
Despite the substantial investments states and districts have made in digital textbooks, and claims from proponents that they save schools money, many officials remain skeptical.
Faced with mounting debt from unpaid lunches, cash-strapped districts are starting to take action against nonpayers.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
News in Brief
Report Roundup
The schools will see how they stack up against other countries' in their higher-order thinking skills in reading, math, and science.
Many teachers are broaching math topics at grades higher or lower than what the standards prescribe—and across more years than called for.
To prepare more at-risk students for the rigors of college, institutions are providing transitional classes and support services.
To meet rising demands for new school leaders, the charter school sector is building a diverse array of training programs.
Experts say previous recessions have helped boost the share of men entering the teaching profession—but not this time.
The guidelines recommend prohibiting students and teachers from being "friends" on popular social-networking sites such as Facebook.
A survey of K-8 teachers shows nearly half of them are incorporating digital games in lessons to engage students and personalize learning.
As states pass cyberbullying laws, attorneys and experts say many of the laws aren't strong enough, and lawsuits are bound to become more common.
Early identification is key for students who are both gifted and learning-disabled, according to experts.
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Both President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney say they oppose increasing rates, but debate persists on where the federal funds would come from to keep costs down.
Policy Brief
States are proposing the use of complex formulas to shed more light on individual schools and help pinpoint improvement strategies.
Traditional high schools are outdated, and new school configurations are needed, Jerry Diakiw writes.
Options for federally funded sex education programs must expand, four advocates write.
Recess is a valuable component of a child's time in school, a time when students can collect themselves, recharge their batteries, and challenge themselves in a different setting.
The impact of an effective teacher is felt in the classroom; the impact of an effective principal is felt throughout the school, write Kerri Briggs, Jacquelyn Davis, and Gretchen Rhines Cheney.
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