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Obama Administration Clarifies Anti-Bullying Protections For Students With Disabilities

(7) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 7:30 PM

When a 10-year-old student with ADHD and a speech disability talks in a high-pitched voice, gym class can become a nightmare. Other students call him "gay" or a "weirdo." He becomes yet another student with disabilities who gets bullied at a higher rate than his peers -- a...

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Success Academy Charter Schools Has Lobbyists in DC, Records Show

(16) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 3:51 PM

NEW YORK -- Success Academy, the high-profile chain of charter schools famous for its clashes with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), is taking its fight beyond the nation's largest school system. After a tumultuous year, filings show that Success is being represented by lobbyists in Washington.

The...

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2014 SAT Scores 'Flat And Stagnant' Ahead Of Major Test Redesign

(33) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 3:00 AM

SAT scores for the class of 2014 averaged a 497 in reading, 513 in math and 487 in writing -- about the same as the last few years, according to a report released Tuesday by the College Board, the administrator of the notorious college entrance exam.

"Flat and stagnant...

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Bill Clinton: Charter Schools Must Be Held To 'The Original Bargain'

(50) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 6:24 PM

NEW YORK -- Charter schools have great potential, but they aren't living up to their promise, former President Bill Clinton said late Tuesday night at a gathering of about 100 international philanthropists and businesspeople.

"If you're going to get into education, I think it's really important that you invest...

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Americans With Disabilities Are More Likely To Be Poor, Report Finds

(24) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 9:30 AM

Americans with disabilities are more likely to be poor than any other demographic group, and their average income in 2012 was about $6,000 less than people without disabilities, according to a report released Thursday.

The report, "Fulfilling the Promise: Overcoming Persistent Barriers to Economic Self-Sufficiency for People with...

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America's Schools Could Be More Efficient If Teachers Were Paid Less: Report

(424) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 7:19 PM

When it comes to education, the United States isn't getting all the bang it could for its buck, according to a new report.

GEMS Education Solutions, an education consulting firm, released its "Efficiency Index" and an accompanying report on Thursday, ranking the return on investment for 30 different nations'...

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School Absence Can Set Students Back Between 1 And 2 Years: Report

(62) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 12:01 AM

As the debate rages about the best way to fix America's public schools -- from heated rhetoric on the role of standardized testing to wonkier discussions about the intricacies of curricula -- a new report is arguing that reformers have overlooked a game-changing solution: addressing absenteeism.

While it...

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Bobby Jindal Receives Renewed Support For Controversial School Voucher Program

(104) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 2:15 PM

On Wednesday, less than a month after the Black Alliance for Educational Options supported a lawsuit against Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) over his attacks on the Common Core, the right-leaning organization came to the defense of the state's school voucher system -- which happens to be Jindal's signature education...

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Bobby Jindal Sues Federal Government Over Common Core

(127) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 10:05 AM

First he sued his own school board. Now he's suing the federal government.

Buffeted by a state judge who initially struck down his suspension of Common Core testing and said his actions hurt the state's parents, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is now turning...

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States Escaping No Child Left Behind Can Get More Time On Teacher Evaluations

(24) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 12:06 PM

For years, the Obama administration has made tougher teacher evaluations a centerpiece of its education agenda, giving states incentives to grade educators partially in accordance with students' standardized test scores. But on Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced most states will get a reprieve of sorts.

Deborah...

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ACT Scores Paint Troubling Picture For Students Of Color

(160) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 3:00 AM

As American students return to classes in a public education system projected to be majority minority for the first time this fall, new test scores provide alarming evidence that students of color remain far behind their white counterparts.

While only 39 percent of all students who took the...

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Michelle Rhee Will Leave CEO Job At StudentsFirst, Group She Founded

(163) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 8:52 PM

UPDATE: Michelle Rhee confirmed The Huffington Post's Tuesday report about her departure from StudentsFirst in a blog post on the group's website, as well as in a statement to the Sacramento Bee, late Wednesday. Rhee did not provide a date for her departure.

"While I remain...

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Former Obama Aides Broke With Democratic Firm Over Anti-Teachers Union Project

(117) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 7:42 PM

WASHINGTON -- Every day throughout the summer of 2006, seemingly without end, things just kept getting worse for Washington Republicans. Iraq was spiraling out of control, President George W. Bush was at the depth of his unpopularity. Congressional Republicans were mired in scandal. One was even caught sending dirty instant...

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This Will Make Some Special Education Advocates Really Happy

(65) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 8:42 PM

NEW YORK -- New York students with disabilities will be held to the same academic standards and take the same standardized tests as other kids their age next school year, the U.S. Education Department said Thursday, spurning the state's efforts to change the policy.

Some special...

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Bobby Jindal Is Being Sued By His Own School Board Over The Common Core

(219) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 7:17 PM

For the last four years, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has championed the set of learning benchmarks known as the Common Core State Standards -- but a simmering mess of litigation in the state's court system shows that Jindal has moved as far away from his previous position as he...

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Bobby Jindal Sued By His Allies Over Common Core

(224) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 7:21 PM

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) spent Tuesday fending off a legal attack from his allies.

Two years ago, Jindal visited a charter school operated by the Choice Foundation, a nonprofit organization that manages a chain of charter schools in Louisiana. Jindal was there to announce his support for the...

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Koch High: How The Koch Brothers Are Buying Their Way Into The Minds Of Public School Students

(1009) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 12:57 PM

Charles G. Koch, the billionaire chairman of Koch Industries, is funding a public high school course designed to turn young people into "liberty-advancing agents." (Photo: Bo Rader/Wichita Eagle/MCT via Getty Images)

In the spring of 2012, Spenser Johnson, a junior at Highland...

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New Obama Initiative Stresses Equal Access To Good Teachers

(335) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 6:00 AM

The Obama administration will announce plans on Monday to enforce a long-ignored federal mandate: a decade-old requirement that states give students of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds equal access to good teachers.

The new initiative, called "Excellent Educators for All," aims to bring states into compliance with a...

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These States Are Failing To Follow Disability Law, U.S. Says

(35) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 9:01 AM

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Tuesday focuses his quest to improve classroom performance on the 6.5 million students with disabilities, including many who perform poorly on standardized tests.

Duncan, who has spent his years in the Obama administration using accountability measures in existing laws to drive improvements in student...

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Bobby Jindal Announces Huge Common Core Shift In Louisiana

(458) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 4:06 PM

On the heels of saying he would not be "bullied by the federal government" any longer, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) announced Wednesday that he plans to pull his state out of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Jindal issued a series of executive orders calling for the...

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