Concerns about the effect of discipline policies and schools and students have been growing in recent years, including their disparate impact on black and Latino students.

Education Commission of the States President Roger Sampson announced that he will retire from the organization by the end of the year.

North Carolina's June Atkinson appreciated convention remarks about education by San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and former North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt.

Guest post by Gina Cairney When a parent drops off a child at a school or child-care facility, there's a reasonable expectation that he or she will be safe and cared for, especially in times of emergency. But a new report by the international child-advocacy group Save the Children raises concerns that many U.S. institutions entrusted to protect children are not fully prepared to do so. In its "National Report Card on Protecting Children During Disasters," the Westport, Conn.-based organization found that 33 states and the District of Columbia do not meet at least one of four disaster-preparedness ...

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, has tapped a tea party activist and former federal education department official to be the next chief of the Texas Education Agency. Michael Williams, who ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House in the 25th Congressional district GOP primary this year, will succeed Robert Scott, who stepped down after five years at the helm. Williams takes over at a time when Texas continues to rebuff the feds on most education issues. The state hasn't embraced the federally supported common core initiative, hasn't applied for any Race to the Top awards, and has so far ...

Although statewide levels of vaccination coverage are at or very near target levels, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said "locally low vaccination coverage for extremely transmissible diseases such as measles remains a threat to health."

From guest blogger Kimberly Shannon Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and will undergo surgery in September, according to the Associated Press. She is expected to have a full recovery, but will be working a limited schedule until her operation. After her surgery, her recovery is expected to take about two months, during which time Deputy Commissioner David V. Abbott will be serving in her place. The 45-year-old got a concussion while traveling in July, which is what revealed the tumor. The tumor is believed to be meningioma. This type of tumor is ...

The Pennsylvania secretary of education has appointed the chairman of a state-level partner of a national school choice advocacy group to lead the turnaround of a troubled district.

A Florida Department of Education investigation into FCAT test results from four elementary schools in 2011 found that teachers at one school altered students' answers.

Results for Virginia's Standards of Learning math tests showed pass-rate declines from last year across all grades, with the notable exception of 6th grade students.


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