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Teachers Rally Against Standardized Testing At No Child Left Behind Hearing

(11) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 2:19 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 | 9:37 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 | 2:34 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 | 9:45 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 | 10:01 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 | 8:30 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

(19) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 3:45 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

(101) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 12:00 AM

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 | 8:30 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 | 4:51 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 | 4:00 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 | 7:24 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 | 10:30 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 | 8:19 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

(64) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 1:01 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 | 3:15 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 | 11:05 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 | 1:06 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

(162) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 4:00 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 | 9:52 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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