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September 23, 2019

New Data Tool Rates 'Educational Opportunity' Offered in Nation's Schools, Districts

Stanford University released an interactive web tool that allows users to look up school and district performance in comparison to nationwide benchmarks.

December 04, 2018

Toxic Substances Found in School Supplies, According to Report

The U.S. PIRG Education Fund, a public-interest research group, tested 27 products commonly used by schoolchildren. They found toxic substances in crayons, markers, and binders.

January 18, 2018

Rural Schools Often Ignored in Research and Policy Discussions

Rural schools struggle with high and lows more commonly associated with urban schools, including high rates of poverty, low literacy rates, and low college attendance rates, a new report finds.

July 10, 2017

Principals Often Shy Away From Giving 'True' Teacher Evaluations

Teachers often receive "effective" and "highly effective" ratings on high-stakes evaluations even when their principals admit behind closed doors that they're "very ineffective," a new study finds.

October 11, 2016

Obama Initiative Secures Free Internet Access for Low-Income Students

The U.S. Department of Education also announces its first round of Pay for Success grants, an effort to solve public problems with the aid of private investment.

April 19, 2016

John B. King Jr. Advocates for Racially, Socioeconomically Diverse Schools

Since his appointment last fall, John B. King Jr. has championed diversity as a route to produce better outcomes for all students, arguing that it can help address big gaps in resource equity.

October 07, 2015

Report Paints 'Sobering' Picture of Urban Education, With Some Bright Spots

The Center on Reinventing Public Education took a comprehensive look into public education—charter and traditional district schools—in 50 cities.

June 18, 2015

School Districts Partner to Bring Swim Lessons to Students

National campaigns aimed at decreasing rates of drowning have helped ignite district-level attempts to better educate students about swimming.

April 01, 2015

States Given Low Marks on Supports for Advanced, Low Income Students

A report by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation found an absence of state policies that support high-achieving, low-income students and a "policy vacuum" on the state level on efforts to help those students succeed in school.

February 11, 2015

Graduation Rates Rise; Gap Between Black and White Males Grows, Report Says

A report released by the Schott Foundation for Public Education called for more action to address the disparity in graduation rates, academic achievement, and other factors such as out-of-school suspensions in the nation's public schools.

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