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December 05, 2017

Do Students Have a 'Right to Read' in California? So Argues This Lawsuit

California's constitution contains a "right to literacy," and the state has failed to provide some students the opportunity to achieve it, argues the lawsuit filed today by students, parents, and advocacy groups. The new challenge echoes a lawsuit filed in Michigan in 2016.

August 15, 2017

Should Literacy Instruction Be a Constitutional Right?

Does the 14th Amendment to the Constitution guarantee access to literacy instruction? A lawsuit makes that provocative argument.

August 11, 2017

Alabama Will Keep Its Common Core Standards--For Now

Board members didn't act on a resolution to revoke Alabama's version of the Common Core State Standards.

July 18, 2017

Fla. Supreme Court Won't Hear 'Opt Out' Case

The case sought to loosen Florida's mandate that 3rd graders pass a standardized reading exam to be promoted.

June 26, 2017

With Reading Grant, Atlanta Looks to a Familiar Teaching Method

Atlanta will begin training its literacy teachers in an approach with roots in the early 20th century.

June 16, 2017

Success Academy Charter Network Opens Up Literacy Curriculum

The Success Academies charter school group is making its early literacy curriculum available for all educators to view.

June 12, 2017

Q&A: 'The Writing Revolution' Encourages Focus on Crafting Good Sentences

Students need explicit instruction in how to use appositives, dependent clauses, and conjunctions, among other grammatical devices, says the author of a new book on teaching writing.

May 24, 2017

Reading and the Mind: An Interview With Daniel Willingham

The cognitive psychologist's new book "is meant to leave the teacher with a useful cartoon model of what's happening in the mind when a skilled reader reads."

May 12, 2017

High-Stakes Poetry Competition Brings Students to the Stage

Welcome to the National Poetry Out Loud Competition, where 53 high school students recited poems—classical, modern, long, and short—and competed for $20,000 in prize money.

April 25, 2017

In Elementary School Science, What's at Stake When We Call an 'Argument' an 'Opinion'?

A researcher argues there's a fundamental mismatch between how the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards think about arguments, and that that mismatch has real negative consequences for teachers and students.

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