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An ambitious effort to refocus K-12 science education across the nation enters a new phase today with the release of the first public draft of voluntary, "next generation" standards in the subject.
The organizations' influence over policy and politics appears to be growing, especially at the state and local levels.
A year after a tornado destroyed six of its schools, a Missouri district is building schools that match its new vision for education.
Researchers say the ability to resist the temptation to multitask may be a bellwether of students' academic success.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Though most students improved and achievement gaps narrowed, fewer than a third of 8th graders reached proficiency in science last year on "the nation's report card."
But efforts to restore federal funds for a long-running gifted education program lack Obama administration support.
Recommendations include appointing new federal staff members to shepherd school health efforts and undoing Medicaid red tape so schools can be reimbursed for health services.
As technology brings venture capital and startup culture into K-12 education, ideas hatched in academia are making their way into the marketplace.
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New organizations are making their impact felt in statehouses on issues such as teacher evaluation and charter schools.
Grants to prominent K-12 groups often helps underwrite activities touching on sensitive areas of education policy.
The Education Department presses states seeking NCLB flexibility for more-ambitious goals in their applications.
Policy Brief
Five years after a blue-ribbon group urged major changes, fundamental problems remain, a follow-up report contends.
The state board approves a waiver request that departs from the Education Department’s model.
Harvard's move to a Ph.D. in education holds implications for the field, Ted Purinton writes.
Schools cannot block access to nonpornographic websites that deal with homosexuality, the ACLU's Joshua Block writes.
The high school day should start later for public health and learning reasons, Terra Ziporyn Snider says.
Michael D. Usdan and Arthur D. Sheekey write that state education agencies are ill-equipped to handle reform, but the process of reauthorizing the ESEA could change that.
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