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The alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl in a Rockville, Md., high school has exploded into outrage over immigration as the two suspects are undocumented immigrant students from Central America.
Elimination of $2.3 billion in Title II grants to districts under the Trump administration's proposed budget could hamper ESSA implementation, program supporters say.
While national politics are still creating sharp divides in school communities, most teachers aren't avoiding the topic, says a survey from the Education Week Research Center.
Lawmakers trying to satisfy judges in a school funding case grapple with how increased funding can be used to boost results for black, Latino, and low-income students.
Advocates for children with disabilities cheer a high court decision setting more-ambitious academic expectations for those in special education, while district administrators have a more measured response.
News in Brief
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A loophole created when Congress dumped Obama-era ESSA rules could allow states to avoid publicly identifying high schools in need of intensive help.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has talked about it. It's permitted under ESSA; and some states already use it. But what is course choice?
Research shows no positive correlation between how would-be principals perform on a widely used licensure exam and their success as school leaders.
As SEL gains traction in schools, teacher-preparation programs and states' certification requirements need to catch up, advocates say.
School districts face new demands under federal law to show they're engaging parents in students' education, and many ed-tech companies are trying to address that need.
Advocates and educators are pushing back at claims that the $1.1 billion 21st Century Community Learning Center program slated for elimination by the Trump administration fails to deliver.
Democrats grilled Judge Neil M. Gorsuch on the stance he's taken toward the level of services due students with disabilities, even as the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on the issue.
Programs to help improve teacher quality and boost after-school programs are on the Trump administration’s budget hit list and have a footprint beyond just traditional public schools.
The charter movement is at an inflection point, writes Greg Richmond, CEO of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers.
Teacher-evaluation and tenure-reform laws have great potential, but transformative change takes time, says Scott Laband.
Mentoring programs are a cost-effective, high-yield intervention for at-risk youths, College Bound executive director Kenneth Ward writes.
Letters
Colorado’s new teacher-evaluation laws relied on partial data, had few supporters, and created unnecessary bureaucracy, writes CEO of A+ Colorado Van Schoales.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)

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