January 9, 2013

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Common-core implementation and allowing armed teachers in schools are likely topics for 2013 legislative sessions.
While K-12 teachers often use mainstream social platforms such as Facebook, they are more likely to seek out and return to more exclusive networks that meet their professional needs.
The impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's 1988 ruling in Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier is still felt after a quarter-century.
Proposals include arming teachers and principals and reinstating a lapsed federal ban on assault weapons.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
International Baccalaureate educators say their program offers a base for designing curriculum units that align with the new Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English/language arts.
A National Science Foundation program is attempting to create a space within the agency devoted to supporting research on advanced learning technologies.
But performance falls well short of several East Asian countries in math, science.
While the two nations ran even in math, Finland maintained the lead in science and reading even though some U.S. states finished ahead.
Most of Head Start's academic benefits are fleeting, according to the latest findings from the national Head Start study.
An end-of-course test given during the last class of Algebra 2 or Math 3 will gauge whether students are college-ready, the PARCC consortium decides.
Education commissioners from 25 states have vowed to update their systems for preparing and credentialing teachers.
Best of the Blogs
As Newtown, Conn., administrators are learning, school leaders walk a delicate tightrope in helping their schools find "a new normal" in the wake of a shooting tragedy.
On Dec. 14, the news out of a Newtown, Conn., elementary school grew grimmer by the second.
State laws vary widely, and some law enforcement officials raise practical and logistical concerns.
The Sandy Hook shootings renew the federal debate over gun policy, with a White House task force set to report his month.
Asperger's syndrome didn't cause Adam Lanza's violent attack, say groups representing people with disabilities.
The 16 victors splitting $400 million in district Race to the Top awards include charters, midsize systems, and two consortia.
Federal education programs win a temporary reprieve from deep cuts, but federal policymakers face a new deadline in March.
Policy Brief
Several top state education jobs changed hands as 2012 came to a close.
Tragedies like the one in Newtown, Conn., reverberate long after the emergency passes, but schools can alter their teaching practices to help survivors cope and move ahead, Carolyn Mears writes.
Foreign-language education needs to change dramatically to become more useful for students in the global economy, David Young and J.B. Buxton write.
Teachers should recognize that formative assessment works and advocate for using it with honesty and unparalleled zeal, argues W. James Popham.
The education policy landscape has evolved from one based on fragmented, local decisions to part of a general-purpose politics and governance scene, Jeffrey R. Henig writes.
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