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Advocates worry that a wide range of education statutes long overdue for updating will continue to stall amid partisan rancor on Capitol Hill.
High-speed fiber-optic cable is generally regarded as the best vehicle for satisfying schools' huge appetite for more bandwidth, but only about 40 percent of U.S. districts are believed to have access to it.
N.Y.C. Mayor Bill de Blasio's push for universal preschool mirrors efforts by city leaders in San Antonio, Texas, Seattle, Boston, and elsewhere to take the lead on early-childhood education.
The group works with former TFA corps members eyeing careers in policy, advocacy, and community organizing, and puts campaign muscle behind those who seek elected office.
News in Brief
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Newer organizations such as StudentsFirst, Stand for Children, and Parent Revolution are mobilizing and training parents to promote school choice and other policy changes.
In a new guidance document, the departments of Education and Justice are calling for school discipline policies and practices to be more fair and less harsh.
The federal agency has made permanent its rules easing restrictions on the amount of grain and protein that school cafeterias are allowed to serve in a week.
The U.S. Department of Education says its online information-sharing network now houses 300,000 resources from a wide variety of sources, but questions remain about the initiative’s sustainability.
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Experts say that fiber-optic cable is still the "gold standard" for providing schools with high-speed connections to the Internet, but for many districts, accessing complete fiber networks remains a challenge.
Federal monitoring reports show that some states with No Child Left Behind Act waivers are struggling in key areas.
Regulations putting California's overhauled school-funding formula into effect seek to strike a state-local balance on how the money is spent.
School technology and rewards for teachers were central proposals in N.Y. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's State of the State speech.
State of the States
If students think that college is out of reach for their families financially, there's a good chance they will lose interest in school, writes Erich May.
An innovative partnership between a foundation and the schools in Syracuse, N.Y., offers a template for education change in other small- and medium-sized cities, writes Gene I. Maeroff.
Frederick M. Hess explains his methodology for creating the rankings, which rate the top 200 education scholars in the United States.
When it comes to improving learning, schools would do better to choose simple solutions with clear priorities and goals instead of the complicated fixes they often adopt, Mike Schmoker writes.
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