There's nothing like a presidential campaign to help generate interest among young people in civics and participatory democracy. And so the timing seems good for a new civic-learning initiative being rolled out this year in the Chicago school district, with support from several private foundations. The Global Citizenship Initiative will provide a yearlong civic-learning curriculum to seniors in a set of 15 pilot schools, with plans to expand in the future. The initiative includes three dimensions: a one-semester civic-literacy course, civic action and service learning; and student leadership, according to the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, which is providing $250,000 ...

The Kennedy Center will work with a local arts team in Iowa City to help develop a plan to expand and improve arts education.

Blame and credit for the common standards punctuates presidential campaigning, raising questions of fact and perception on both sides.

The criteria for recognizing programs include targeting a compelling need and offering STEM content that is challenging and relevant to young people.

America's small set of selective public high schools get a closer look in a new book, which examines what these schools have to offer and whether more should be created to serve the nation's academic high-flyers.

An annual poll of Americans' views on public education finds divided support for the common standards.

The private grants in Washington state will support a variety of initiatives to improve STEM learning.

One of the state groups designing tests for the common standards released a flurry of sample items that offer an idea of what the tests might look like.

The board will have four new members, including two scholars, a school board member, and the CEO of a Chicago foundation. Two current members, including Georgia's former GOP governor, will serve second terms.

Climate-change education in schools and communities is getting a boost from a new set of grants from the National Science Foundation.

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