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February 15, 2012

Obama Budget Lowers Sights for Literacy, Well-Rounded Ed. Funds

President Obama's latest budget request significantly scales back funding levels for three 'teaching and learning' funds covering a variety of content areas.

February 10, 2012

Trends in AP Test-Taking: Bonjour Geography, Adieu French

Question: What do geography, Chinese language and culture, computer science, world history, and environmental science have in common? Answer: They're apparently becoming a lot more popular subjects in high school, at least based on one national measure. Participation in Advanced Placement tests in...

February 10, 2012

The End of the Tripods, and of Author John Christopher

Guest post by Ross Brenneman For those who knew "when the tripods came," the Feb. 3 death of English author John Christopher hurt. Christopher, born Samuel Youd, was a prolific science fiction writer, penning over 50 books and several trilogies. He passed away at the age of 89. While Christopher g...

February 09, 2012

Think Tank Raises Alarm of Federal Overreach Into Curriculum

In a new white paper, the Pioneer Institute suggests that the U.S. Department of Education may be violating prohibitions against a federally dictated curriculum.

February 07, 2012

Taking Pains With 'Eddication': Charles Dickens Turns 200

Charles Dickens turns 200 today.

February 06, 2012

Close Reading: Are Educators Behind the Curve?

Close-reading isn't anything new, and it's amazing that more instructional leaders don't know about it and use it, a curriculum consultant argues.

February 02, 2012

Common Standards, Not Tests, for Charter Schools Network

A charter schools network with schools in both New York and Connecticut exemplifies the challenge of having common standards without fully common assessments.

February 02, 2012

New Panel to Explore Research-Based Practices in Literacy

A new panel will draw on research to come up with best-practices in literacy instruction.

January 26, 2012

Common-Standards Challenge: Engaging in 'Close Reading'

Chief academic officers gather to discuss the deep shifts in instruction required by the common standards in English/language arts.

January 25, 2012

Superintendents Explore How to Change Reading Instruction

Improving reading instruction was the topic du jour at a Washington forum yesterday that brought together four superintendents and an educational publisher.

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