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New K-12 think tank zeroes in on research and policy

A new national education think tank – the Learning Policy Institute – will conduct high-quality research to inform evidence-based policies that can prepare all students for the challenges of our…

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More than half of students struggle with reading, report says

Nearly half of minority students and students from low-income families enter the fifth grade without basic reading skills, according to a new report urging Congress to focus on students' literacy…

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In Wisconsin, poorly performing virtual charters won’t affect their districts

A little-known provision slipped into the Wisconsin budget signed by Gov. Scott Walker would keep low-performing virtual charter schools from dragging down the report cards of districts that host them. The…

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ESEA rewrite passes Senate, education orgs respond

Voting 81-17, the U.S. Senate has replaced the controversial No Child Left Behind with the Every Child Achieves act, which solidifies a commitment to standardized testing but gives states more…

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New bill would support innovative internet pilots for students

New legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate would support innovative methods to give students access to the internet and digital tools outside of classrooms. The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015,…

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Districts tighten social media rules among teachers, students

School officials are tasked with trying to figure out how to embrace the seemingly limitless educational advantages of the internet and social media tools, but preventing them from being used…

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5 conditions that support great teaching

The National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future is will lead a positive, collaborative, action-oriented initiative to support great teaching. The initiative will focus on equitable access to great teaching…

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Ed leadership policy standards now open for comments

Two national education organizations are seeking additional feedback from the public on revised draft standards for education leaders that aim to ensure district and school leaders are able to improve…

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Senate to tackle NCLB update

A proposed updated to the Elemetary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) would strengthen state and local control and end federal test-based accountability. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee…

Net neutrality gains FCC approval

In a momentous decision for the future of the open internet, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on February 26 approved net neutrality regulations to oversee online traffic and ensure internet…

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