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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

(1000) 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

(33) 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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How Teacher Prep Programs Are Failing New Teachers -- And Your Kids

(42) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 12:01 AM

As education policymakers untangle the implications of last week's California court ruling that declared teacher tenure laws unconstitutional, an education think tank says its comprehensive survey of college teacher preparation programs shows they rarely provide new teachers with solid skills for the classroom.

The National Council on Teacher...

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Schools Were Getting Much Safer Until 2010, Government Report Says

(3) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 12:03 AM

American public and private schools are generally much safer than they were 10 years ago, but school crime began a slight climb in 2010, according to a government report released Tuesday.

The rate of non-fatal incidents in which students felt victimized at school decreased to 35 per 1,000 students...

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Alarming Number Of Urban Teachers Are 'Chronically Absent'

(41) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 12:01 AM

Political battles over teaching in the last decade have focused on complexities of pensions, evaluations and standardized testing, often ignoring a basic but critical issue: Attendance.

Teachers in the nation's 40 largest school districts came to school 94 percent of the time in the 2012-2013 school year, according...

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Sweeping New Bill Seeks To Help Students With Disabilities, But It May Not Go Far Enough

(10) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 4:31 PM

The bipartisan overhaul of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act trumpeted in Washington, D.C. Wednesday includes provisions aimed to help students with disabilities find well-paying work, but some say the deal doesn't go far enough.

On Wednesday, Sens. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), along with...

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60 Years After Brown v. BOE, Mostly White Reformers Try To Fix 'The Civil Rights Issue Of Our Generation'

(818) Comments | Posted May 17, 2014 | 8:44 AM

Sixty years ago, the plight of Linda Brown, a third-grader who had to travel a mile by bus to her segregated black school even though there was a neighborhood school seven blocks from her home, became the symbol of America's racist underbelly.

Now, the very language that activists called...

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Louisiana Special Education Bill Would Segregate Students With Disabilities, Advocates Say

(327) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 7:30 AM

Should schools expect students with a disability to know the same things as other kids their age to advance and graduate?

This decades-old question, which strikes at the heart of the civil rights movement for students who have disabilities, has provoked a debate in Louisiana that's dividing advocates.

Legislation...

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Eric Cantor Takes It Easy On De Blasio During Bronx Charter School Visit

(74) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 3:46 PM

NEW YORK -- U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) came to the Bronx Monday to make the case for charter schools and heard his message echoed back by a handful of children dressed in plaid uniforms.

Three days after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the...

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Charter Schools Get Bipartisan Boost From U.S. House

(125) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 12:25 PM

Even as some question the need to increase charter school funding, the U.S. House of Representatives -- in a rare show of bipartisanship -- voted to do just that Friday.

The House voted 360-45 to approve the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act, which would update...

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American Students Perform Worse As They Reach Higher Grades

(93) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 10:00 AM

High school test scores released by the federal government Wednesday provide fresh evidence of a troubling theme in American education: Students seem to perform worse on tests as they advance through the public school system to higher grades.

America's high school seniors have mostly stagnated on the...

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Charter Schools Get Less Money Than Public Schools. Is That A Problem?

(148) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 5:03 PM

Charter schools receive less funding than traditional public schools on average, according to a new report -- but some experts say that the funding gap isn't necessarily unfair, and that the report's methodology masks fundamental differences between charter and public school populations.

The report, released Wednesday by the...

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John Kline Takes Arne Duncan To Task Over Special Education Funding

(5) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 4:10 PM

Educational funding for students with disabilities became the subject of yet another heated partisan argument with no resolution at a budget hearing Tuesday, after Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) attacked Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the subject.

"What I've been asking for is a commitment to increase funding for...

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Washington Becomes First State To Return To No Child Left Behind

(225) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 3:15 PM

Two years after Washington state largely ditched the No Child Left Behind Act, the much-maligned federal education law will be in full effect there yet again for the coming school year, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Thursday.

Last August, the Education Department placed Washington, Oregon and Kansas...

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SAT Changes Include Fewer Answer Choices, Shorter Mandatory Test Time

(31) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 12:01 AM

The College Board on Wednesday released blueprints for a redesigned SAT test, giving an early first look at what's in store for many students with college aspirations. Among the changes: Multiple choice questions will have four possible answer choices, instead of five, and reading passages will contain significantly more nonfiction...

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Bill De Blasio Is Actually More Helpful To Charter Schools Than Some Republicans, Report Says

(56) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 12:00 PM

NEW YORK -- Last fall, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) waged his successful populist campaign in part on reversing his predecessor Michael Bloomberg's education policies -- particularly Bloomberg's dramatic expansion and preferential treatment of charter schools. In a move that pleased many voters, de Blasio threatened to...

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And The World's Best Problem-Solvers Are...

(118) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 4:00 AM

American students are barely above the average of 44 countries and economies in problem-solving skills, far behind teens in Asia, according to the first international test of that attribute in 15-year-olds.

U.S. teens on average earned a score of 508 on the Programme for International Student Assessment -- Creative Problem...

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