State Takeover Gives Mass. District a Fresh Start

The schools in Lawrence have made steady progress in raising student achievement and graduation rates since state education officials stepped in to turn around the struggling district. (May 6, 2015)

'Opt-Out' Push Gains Traction Amid Common-Core Testing

Activists urging parents to opt their children out of tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards hope to build on momentum in states like New York. (May 5, 2015)

Hillary Clinton Pitches Immigration as an Education Issue

(May 5, 2015)

Advocates for Spec. Ed. Weigh In on ESEA Rewrite

(May 5, 2015)

Turning Around Schools Isn't Easy, Even With Federal Money, Report Finds

(May 5, 2015)

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3 Steps to Make Early Education More Accessible

We must break the financial barrier that prevents poor children from participating in early-education programs, writes Nicholas Burnett. (May 5, 2015)

Early-Education Teachers Need Better Training

To prepare preschool teachers for the classroom, we need to look beyond conventional teacher education, argues Katharine B. Stevens. (May 4, 2015)

Common Core Is Not a Government Takeover

The real government takeover is happening in states where legislators are making laws that would control classrooms, writes Dave Powell. (May 5, 2015)

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Does Ohio's 3rd Grade Reading Test Miss Its Goal?

Two years ago, Ohio passed legislation to put up a barrier to 4th grade for those who failed the state's reading test. Has that reading guarantee made a difference? Video by Learning Matters.

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Common Sense Media Launches $20M Education Advocacy Effort

With a range of legislative and political activities, the effort aims to be an "AARP for kids" in terms of reach. (April 29, 2015)

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Texas English Teacher Named 2015 Teacher of the Year

Shanna Peeples, who currently works at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, is splitting time between teaching and instructional coaching. (April 27, 2015)

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Site Gives Vendors Intel on Big K-12 Spending Projects

A new online "bond finder" service will provide detailed insight on major bond issues and capital-improvement projects in school districts. (April 27, 2015)

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