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California governor signs bills to make textbooks lighter on wallets and backpacks

The younger generations may one day never need to lug around heavy and expensive textbooks for their classes, Tecca reports. …

Bleak outlook for education spending under sequestration

Bleak outlook for education spending under sequestration

As schools face ever-increasing budget dilemmas, education stakeholders are desperately hoping to avoid sequestration, or across-the-board cuts, to domestic spending next year—cuts that could devastate education programs and affect many…

As school year starts, states tackle cyber bullying

As school year starts, states tackle cyber bullying

As educators and administrators prepare for another school year, they're also getting ready to take a new stance against cyber bullying.…

Delaware bans colleges from requiring students’ social media passwords

Delaware bans colleges from requiring students’ social media passwords

Should a university be able to edit a student’s Facebook profile or check his private tweets? Absolutely not, said the Delaware state legislature, as it recently passed the first state…

Lawmakers at odds over cuts in food stamps, school lunch program

A bill to overhaul the nation’s nutrition and farm program, as currently drafted, would cut spending by $35 billion over the next 10 years and make nearly 300,000 children ineligible…

Could NCLB waivers offer a roadmap to reauthorization?

Could NCLB waivers offer a roadmap to reauthorization?

Granting states waivers from the most stringent requirements of NCLB has brought a level of creativity to education reform that was unexpected when the Obama administration opened the waiver process…

Arizona districts required to monitor online activities

Beginning this week, school districts in Arizona are required to teach cyberbullying awareness and monitor online chats and social media in schools, in keeping with a bolstered Children’s Internet Protection…

Texas Republican Party calls for abstinence-only sex ed, corporal punishment in schools

Early this month, Texas Republican delegates met in Fort Worth to approve their 2012 platform, notable parts of which take aim at the state's education system, The Huffington Post reports.…

Has Title IX, now 40 years old, harmed male athletics?

A new report on Title IX, the landmark civil rights law passed 40 years ago that barred gender discrimination in education for all students, says that a great deal of…

Lawmakers reject color-coded student IDs by test score

California lawmakers have voted to prohibit a controversial practice by Kennedy and Cypress High Schools that required students to carry color-coded ID cards and notebooks based on their standardized test…