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Through an unusual partnership between a school district and an educational-management group, a charter school helps reconnect home-schooling families to local public schools.
Implementation of the common standards is likely to be a hot topic for legislators in a number of states as their 2014 sessions get rolling.
Some experts are blaming campaigns to legalize marijuana for rises in the numbers of teenagers who use the drug or view its regular use as harmless.
The effort, now focused on New Mexico and Texas, seeks to gauge how standards for teacher preparation are playing out in lecture halls and K-12 classrooms.
The education nonprofit, which burst onto the scene a year ago backed by $100 million in grants, is struggling to convince states and districts to use its cloud-based, data-organization program.
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Under veteran educator Carmen Fariña, the 1.1-million-student district could reverse some of the policies that have dominated it for more than a decade.
A state judge says the Douglas County school system broke campaign laws when it commissioned a white paper supporting the school board's 'reform agenda.'
Among the 21 cities in the latest Trial Urban District Assessment, only a handful made significant gains in reading and math from 2011 to 2013.
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Many school districts have not set clear policies and practices for storing data in the cloud, according to a study by the Fordham Law School.
With sequestration on hold and a broad spending outline in the bag, congressional appropriators face tough budget choices on individual education programs.
Five winners, all from the South, are splitting $120 million of the federal grant funding, in the competition that mostly rewarded small and rural districts.
Six states are splitting nearly $281 million in the third round of the U.S. Department of Education's effort to boost early-learning programs.
Don't listen to PISA critics, writes Eric A. Hanushek, who argues that the stagnation of American students' scores on the international assessment is cause for serious concern about schools and the nation's economic future.
Teachers are paying close attention to their students' academic well-being, contrary to the image painted by Arne Duncan and those who take the U.S. PISA results out of context, write father and son educators Robert and David Weintraub.
Using a miniversion of the Program for International Student Assessment can be a powerful tool in understanding the factors that have an impact on school performance, writes Jack Dale.
It will take applying a grass-roots theory of educational change to public schools to recapture the spirit of community, equity, and shared responsibility that is symbolized by the yellow school bus, Peter W. Cookson Jr. writes.
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