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In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, a dizzying array of questions and challenges confront school leaders.
Teachers' unions and charter school champions in various states had plenty to cheer in the wake of the Nov. 6 balloting.
With President Obama re-elected and the parties sharing congressional control, state policymakers hunger for clarity on education issues.
Resiliency, grit, and self-efficacy are among the so-called "soft skills" increasingly being viewed as vital for college success.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
News in Brief
Report Roundup
The Florida Department of Education is in a bitter dispute with a software company it hired to create online resources aligned with the standards for teachers and students.
A commission says accountability testing is impeding research on tests that gauge deeper learning.
A foundation program presents students with stark possibilities about what lies ahead for many who drop out of school.
The "Star Wars" creator has pledged to donate the majority of proceeds from the $4.05 billion sale of his film company to education initiatives.
Best of the Blogs
Newer teachers are more likely than their veteran counterparts to support controversial education policies.

This special report focuses on the shifts in literacy instruction envisioned by the Common Core State Standards.
To be eligible for a share of $400 million in new Race to the Top grants, districts had to prove they had union buy-in.
Policy Brief
GOP incumbent Tony Bennett is unseated by a Democratic teacher who challenged him on the policy front.
A sweeping set of measures that included laptops for high school students and curbs on collective-bargaining are overturned by voters.
Maryland voters ratify a law making undocumented students eligible for in-state tuition.
News in Brief
Hurricane Sandy's devastation is a reminder that schools should teach about climate change, Laurence Peters writes.
School boards have many responsibilities, chief among them is student learning, writes Traci Elizabeth Teasley.
Schools, districts, and school boards should work together to develop comprehensive anti-bullying policies, Nicole Yetter writes.
Schools that support the cognitive engagement of their teachers have an advantage when it comes to instructional quality, write Arthur L. Costa, Robert J. Garmston, and Diane P. Zimmerman.
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