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Competition for students, especially in urban areas, is putting added pressure on Catholic institutions.
Working-class parents, meanwhile, teach their children to problem-solve and avoid conflict, a new study says.
Senior citizens now outnumber school-age children in more than 900 U.S. counties—and experts say that trend is growing.
The difficulty of disentangling disabilities and language problems has spurred a new federal study that will explore how districts identify English-learners for special education.
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Teams of educators from each state involved in the PARCC consortium will serve as "ambassadors" to teachers to prepare for the tests.
A federal appeals court panel strikes down an Alabama immigration-law provision as unconstitutional.
Only one-quarter of the class of 2012 that took the college-entrance exam met all the benchmarks that mark success in college.
But, for most of the students who won a tuition voucher, the New York School Choice Scholarship Fund didn't produce the same effect.
Philanthropies are positioning themselves to drive the conversation around school reform in their communities.
Gregory Taylor, the president and CEO of the Foundation for Newark's Future, talks about how his foundation is managing $100 million in donations for the New Jersey school district.
The $33 million, multiyear grants come as climate change is identified in a draft of common standards as an important topic for students.
Best of the Blogs
Roughly half of U.S. students are hopeful about their futures, while two-thirds are engaged in their learning and two-thirds have high well-being.

This special report examines e-learning around the globe and the virtual education partnerships emerging between schools in the U.S. and those outside its borders.
With more than half of states getting flexibility, federal officials get ready to assure they meet their promises.
Independents favor Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama on education in the latest PDK/Gallup poll—but among all respondents, the president gets the nod.
Policy Brief
In spite of being labeled "elitist," independent schools have something to offer public school leaders, Peter Gow writes.
State leaders who make smart choices can shepherd standards implementation in a cost-effective manner, write Patrick J. Murphy and Elliot M. Regenstein.
Schools must recognize parents' place in developing their students' character, Malcolm Gauld writes.
Teacher evaluation is critical to effective school-improvement efforts, but only if it is carried out properly, writes Mike Schmoker.
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