August 6, 2014
Vol. 33, Issue 37
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At their recent conventions, the teachers' unions showed remarkable alignment on key issues, from testing and accountability to common-core implementation and forceful rebukes of Secretary Duncan.
A new version of the E-rate program will include funding for school and library wireless-technology projects, and phase out support for services that federal officials see as outmoded.
Though they've undergone changes, the controversial standards persist even in states where resistance has led to high-profile legislation and heated debate.
As the Education Department prepares to release new guidance on its peer-review process for standards and assessments, educators and testmakers worry how their systems will be judged under the new criteria.
The ambitious early-childhood program launched in 1965 as part of the War on Poverty is going through dramatic—and sometimes painful—changes, while continuing to pursue its mission.
News in Brief
- Ed. Dept. to Pilot Pairing-Up Of Seniors, College Students
- Many Head Start Providers Recompeted Successfully
- Error on Application Form May Jeopardize College Aid
- New Requirements Proposed for N.Y.C. Superintendents
- Calif. Tenure Lawsuit Inspires Another Suit in New York
- Wisconsin High Court Upholds Collective Bargaining Restrictions
- After 20-Year Hiatus, U.S. to Rejoin International Exam
News in Brief
Fearful that electronic cigarettes' surging popularity will revive teenage smoking, schools are starting to ban the devices.
Fourth graders are capable of using a computer to type, organize, and write well enough to be assessed, according to a pilot study released by the National Center for Education Statistics.
Three reports highlight differences in how much districts spend, what they get in return, and how government policies exacerbate disparities.
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Principals are applying concepts familiar in business circles—such as marketing, branding, and coordinated public outreach through social media—to manage their schools.
Fifty years after the War on Poverty, child hunger persists, despite deepened understanding of the problem and growing efforts to eradicate it.
New efforts are looking to help both children and their parents get a leg up and a better education.
Community connections forged during the civil rights era have helped sustain Head Start as a powerful presence for generations of Mississippians.
In a year when 46 states will hold legislative elections and 36 will select governors, state lawmakers pushed ahead on education priorities such as pre-K, teacher evaluations, and funding formulas.
States must tell the Education Department by April how they'll make sure poor and minority students aren't taught by unqualified teachers at a higher rate than other students.
With hundreds of millions of dollars left in the Obama administration's signature education-redesign program, here's a look at how much grant money the 12 biggest winners still have in their coffers.
While former Indiana state chief Tony Bennett is cleared of ethics allegations in the changing of a charter school's grade, the state is considering major changes in the grading system he championed.
PAGE 24 - Commentary
Three innovative and durable programs offer lessons in how to build the supportive school communities that can help low-income children thrive, Greg Duncan and Richard Murnane say.
Removing the eight "health barriers to learning" can make all the difference in the academic success of children living in poverty, Irwin Redlener argues.
PAGE 25 - Commentary
When at-risk students helped peers, a school changed for the better, Jason Towne writes.
PAGE 32 - Commentary
Rather than stall progress, the NEA and the AFT should help schools transition from relics of the past to institutions of the future, writes Leslie C. Francis.
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