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Interest is growing in Unified Sports programs, which enable students with disabilities to play side by side on teams with their nondisabled peers.
With a loss of some 100,000 members in the past two years—and more expected—the teachers' union is striving to buttress its political clout.
Some charter-school groups push to expand into new parts of the country—and even find themselves being recruited.
New data on teacher absenteeism are causing schools to re-examine their use of substitute teachers.
Researchers say children's play is becoming more creative—even as the time to do it shrinks.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Report Roundup
Controversies over the use of restraints, seclusion, and other techniques for curbing disruptive behavior in students with disabilities was aired this week before a panel of the U.S. Senate.
The modern workplace demands a mix of abilities, says a new consensus report from the National Academies of Science.
Science tests of hands-on and computer-based tasks reveal students are foundering at executing higher-level skills.
Averages on international assessments are at odds with the gender gaps seen between American girls and boys in science and math.
A new exhibit highlights efforts in Finland to design schools tailored to the learning needs of students and teachers.
A federal policy change and a new Supreme Court ruling may expand options for young illegal immigrants, say educators and advocates.
More than 30 districts are flexing their buying power to demand classroom materials geared to common standards.
Unable to reach consensus, one of the common assessment consortia goes back to the drawing board to define "college readiness."
There are doubts about whether the largest single deployment in the One Laptop Per Child initiative was worth the cost.
In "portfolio" districts, responsibilities that once rested at the central office are falling to principals, who may be operating magnet schools, charter schools, or neighborhood schools with varying levels of autonomy.
Best of the Blogs
Initiatives to attract talented IT professionals and emerging digital tools add new wrinkles to the dilemma.
States may use the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to challenge federal spending in education and other programs.
California school districts shy away from budget commitments that hinge on passage of a tax hike in November.
Policy Brief
Capitol Recap
Teacher evaluations and the Common Core took center stage at the Education Commission of the States National Policy Forum in Atlanta.
The Obama administration continues to push ahead with big changes to No Child Left Behind Act accountability.
Special education would benefit from the same focus on efficiency found in general education, Stephen Frank and Karen Hawley Miles write.
The common-core math standards could revolutionize instruction, but it will depend on the follow-through, writes William Schmidt.
Yong Zhao asks how leaders can push for both entrepreneurial thinking and high standardized-test scores in schools.
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