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Teachers in a spate of urban charter schools are unionizing and the National Education Association is expected to take up the issue at its annual meeting.
Flooding impoverished schools with health and social services is not new, but these so-called "community schools" initiatives are gaining steam in places like New York City. But is it an effective strategy for improving long struggling schools?
A scoring change to a widely used English-proficiency test has led to thousands of students being retained in classes for ELLs.
A new study suggests long-term use of sign language may hold back the speech and reading skills of children who use cochlear implants to create a sense of sound.
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Educators and researchers are working together to shape the next phase of research around social-emotional learning and student engagement.
Despite efforts in many states to toughen teacher evaluations, two new studies show that principals rarely give harsh ratings.
Millions of jobs are going unfilled because U.S. employers can't find workers with the right skills. What's really behind companies' hiring difficulties? Experts debate whether a "skills gap" is the main culprit.
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and pediatrician Priscilla Chan will invest hundreds of millions of dollars per year in a new, "whole-child" vision of personalized learning.
Customizing instruction for every student can generate modest gains in math and reading scores, but it can create major implementation challenges for schools.
Lily Eskelsen García sat down with Education Week to talk about the National Education Association’s engagement with the U.S. secretary of education, the threat posed by a looming U.S. Supreme Court case, and the union’s new, tougher charter-school policy.
The first round of federal feedback has some warning that federal officials are being too prescriptive in weighing how the states intend to put the Every Student Succeeds Act into effect.
The fiscal standoffs that led to brief government shutdowns in a handful of states aren't the last act for policymakers still wrestling with funding issues, including over K-12 aid.
Educators are watching a few key topics closely as Congress wrestles with how to replace the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.
The justices confronted a number of important K-12 education issues, deciding cases on special education, free exercise of religion, and more.
Republican and Democratic members differed sharply over the impact of the GOP-sponsored bill, which would provide $66 billion to the department, a $2.4 billion cut for fiscal 2018.
Before shortening the school week to save money, districts should carefully weigh the costs, researcher Paul Hill cautions.
Many "good" schools are just skating by on their students' privileged backgrounds and family resources, writes Karin Chenoweth.
Checker E. Finn Jr.'s recent Commentary questioning the validity of social-emotional learning sparked an outpouring of responses from readers. Here’s what they had to say.
The federal financial-aid process is too complicated for students. Here’s how to simplify it, writes a policy expert.
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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