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February 27, 2015

Report: Early Learning Among Top Six Education Priorities for Governors

Eleven governors have included early learning in their 2015 State of the State addresses so far, according to an evaluation by the Education Commission of the States, a non-partisan, Denver-based think tank.

February 27, 2015

Dems May Want to Watch What Duncan Is Wishing for

It's possible that a Republican might become president in 2016. Should that happen, it might be worth revisiting a possible future that I forecast in 2011.

February 26, 2015

'Harmful Materials' Bill Targeting Teacher Protections Passes Kan. Senate

A bill that would allow teachers to be prosecuted for providing "harmful materials" to minors has been passed by the Kansas Senate.

February 24, 2015

Education Is a Key Factor in Chicago Mayor's Race

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's first term included a teachers' union strike and the closure of nearly 50 schools, but graduation rates rose to record-highs under his watch, ACT scores climbed, and full-day kindergarten was expanded.

February 24, 2015

Could False Beliefs About the Common Core Bolster Support for the Standards?

A poll shows that Republicans who hold more false beliefs about the standards are more likely to disapprove of the common core. But what about Democrats?

February 12, 2015

Washington, D.C., Considers Banning Preschool Suspensions

Advocates in Washington, D.C., welcomed a bill that would ban most suspensions and expulsions from public preschool programs, discussed during a public hearing in the nation's capital last week.

February 11, 2015

Lawmakers Renew Push to Increase Protections for LGBT Students in Schools

The U.S. Department of Education has said that Title IX protects students from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, but advocates say a more specific federal law is necessary to provide certainty of students' legal rights.

February 11, 2015

3 District Problems Help Explain Charter Growth

I'd like to discuss three documents. The first document is a powerful description of Metro, a terrific innovative district high "school without walls" in Chicago that operated 1970-1991. The second is a 1988 speech by Al Shanker. The third is an article by civil rights legend Dr. Kenneth Clark.

February 10, 2015

Can We Bring the Charter School Movement Under One Umbrella?

I'd love to figure out a way we could join together to create a charter movement that brings us together under one umbrella to fight for better charter or pilot legislation that will preserve the best of 'public-ness' and the best of 'private-ness.'

February 05, 2015

Ga. Lawmaker Calls Advanced Placement U.S. History Course 'Revisionist'

Last week, Republican state Sen. William Ligon introduced a resolution calling on the College Board to return its previous course framework.

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