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January 28, 2016

Three Decades After Challenger Disaster, Remembrances and Change

It's been 30 years since the space shuttle Challenger exploded with New Hampshire teacher Sharon Christa McAuliffe on board.

January 20, 2016

GED Lowers Passing Score, Tens of Thousands More Could Get HS Credentials

The change was prompted by data showing that students who passed the revised GED are doing better in college than recent high school graduates.

January 14, 2016

Civics-Test Bills Hit State Legislatures Again in 2016

A bill in Nebraska would require high school students to take a civics examination before graduating.

December 18, 2015

Outrage Over Arabic-Writing Lesson Leads Virginia District to Close Schools

Schools are closed today in Verona, Va., and weekend athletic events canceled, after school district officials there have been fielding angry phone calls and emails over a classroom assignment that asked students to copy an Islamic statement of faith.

November 20, 2015

Nebraska Students Create Civics Game

Three girls in Nebraska created an online game aimed at helping their classmates learn more about civics.

November 19, 2015

Texas Board Rejects Plan to Have Academics Fact-Check Textbooks

The Texas board of education shot down a plan to have a panel of university experts vet textbooks for factual errors before they are adopted.

November 05, 2015

Portland, Ore., Students Push for Ethnic Studies in High Schools

A group of students is advocating for the district to change its curriculum to include more diverse figures and topics.

November 04, 2015

Colorado Proponent For Changes to U.S. History Course Ousted

In Jefferson County, Colorado, a school board member who said the Advanced Placement U.S. History Curriculum was insufficiently patriotic lost her seat in a recall election.

October 30, 2015

Arizona Students to Take Required Civics Test in 8th Grade

Tucson-area students will take the test, now required for high school graduation, while still in middle school.

October 23, 2015

Teachers Often Unprepared, Unsupported in Teaching Religion, Harvard Expert Says

The director of Harvard's Religious Literacy Project, Diane Moore, discusses teaching religion in public schools.

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