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Senate Votes Overwhelmingly For Bipartisan No Child Left Behind Rewrite

(13) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 4:24 PM

The Senate voted 81-17 to overhaul the Bush-era No Child Left Behind Act Thursday afternoon, passing a bipartisan bill that gives states more flexibility to hold schools accountable for students' test scores.

“Everyone wants to fix No Child Left Behind,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) after the vote was counted....

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States Still Differ Dramatically In Their Academic Expectations, Study Finds

(63) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 12:00 AM

What does it mean to be passing math class?

The answer to this question varies from state to state, according to a new report released by the research arm of the Education Department, the National Center for Education Statistics. These differences are crucial as America's population becomes more mobile, moving...

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More Minority Students Should Be In Special Ed, Study Says

(129) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 12:00 AM

For decades, some education leaders and researchers have asserted that school districts often use special education placement as a way to segregate black students, throwing them off the traditional academic track.

This idea has fueled policies aimed at keeping minority kids out of special education settings, and boosting...

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How Mindfulness Has Changed The Way Americans Learn And Work

(8) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 7:47 AM

In cooperation with our longstanding partner Crowdrise, The Huffington Post is celebrating its 10 year anniversary by focusing on the promise of the next 10 years. We're highlighting causes that are near and dear to our ethos -- causes where we believe meaningful progress can be made in...

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Shockingly Few Students Are Proficient In U.S. History

(260) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 12:01 AM

Which of these do the governments of Canada, France and Australia have in common: a) They are controlled by the military; b) They have constitutions that limit their power; c) They have leaders with absolute power; d) They discourage participation by citizens in public affairs?

If you chose b, you're...

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Why Las Vegas Is Desperate To Hire Thousands Of Teachers

(46) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 8:59 AM

Technology specialist Sara Boucher teaches about 1,000 students in classes as large as 45 at Steven G. Schorr Elementary School in Clark County, Nevada, making it hard to tailor instruction and impossible to learn everyone's name.

She does her best, but the teacher shortage in the county, which includes...

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Teachers Rally Against Standardized Testing At No Child Left Behind Hearing

(11) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 1:19 PM

At the end of every school year, Stephen Lazar, a New York City social studies teacher, would stand in front of his students and apologize to them for turning into a "bad teacher" to prepare them for the Regents exams.

On Wednesday morning, he spoke of this experience to...

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State Of The Union Doesn't Mention No Child Left Behind Rewrite Efforts

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 8:37 PM

Parents, teachers and policymakers who listened to Tuesday night's State of the Union address heard an earful from President Barack Obama about his intentions to retool education's bookends by making community college free, expanding child care and increasing cybersecurity for students.

Obama mentioned few specifics about...

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Democrats and Republicans Agree: It's Time To Rewrite No Child Left Behind

(8) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 1:34 PM

When Sen. Patty Murray's (D-Wash.) children were young and their preschool stood on the brink of closure, she snapped into action. She gathered them in her car, drove to the state capitol, and found a legislator who would listen.

Or so she thought.

"He said something that I’ll never...

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No Child Left Behind Rewrite Should Limit Standardized Testing, Duncan Says

(44) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 8:45 AM

After years of dancing around Congress to help states evade the No Child Left Behind Act, the Obama administration thinks it's time to go back to the legislative drawing board.

No Child Left Behind, the Bush-era school accountability law, must be rewritten, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a...

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White House Issues Guidelines For Education Of Incarcerated Students With Disabilities

(6) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 9:01 AM

The federal government is putting prisons on notice, reminding them that incarcerated students with disabilities are legally entitled to the same rights and protections granted to students with disabilities in public school settings.

In practice, this means prisons are responsible for providing things like speech therapy, hearing aids, tutoring...

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White House Issues Guidelines For Education Of Incarcerated Students With Disabilites

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 7:30 AM

The federal government is putting prisons on notice, reminding them that incarcerated students with disabilities are legally entitled to the same rights and protections granted to students with disabilities in public school settings.

In practice, this means prisons are responsible for providing things like speech therapy, hearing aids, tutoring...

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Obama Administration Issues No Child Left Behind Waiver Renewal Guidance

(20) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 2:45 PM

The Obama administration is inviting states to apply to renew their waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act. And according to guidance issued Thursday, these renewed waivers could last all the way through the 2018-2019 school year -- locking down some of President Barack Obama's education policy changes well...

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Teacher Training Is A Ridiculously Easy Way To Ace College, Report Says

(106) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 11:00 PM

Majoring in education is an easy route to high college grades and graduation, says a new report that calls for higher standards in teacher preparation programs.

The National Council on Teacher Quality, a Washington-based think tank and advocacy group, says in a report released Wednesday titled, "Training Our Future...

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Obama Administration Clarifies Anti-Bullying Protections For Students With Disabilities

(8) 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

(17) 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'

(53) 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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