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October 23, 2014

District Phasing Out Swingsets, Citing Safety Concerns

A Washington state school district has removed swings from its playgrounds, hoping to improve safety during playtime.

October 17, 2014

Can Students Benefit From More Phone Time?

A recent poll shows that students wish they could use technology in the classrooms more often, while a second study suggests that for students who multitask often, having phones around may not be a distraction.

October 10, 2014

Researchers Offer Prescriptions for Retaining Teachers

A panel of education experts says that the nation's understaffing problem is about retention, not recruitment. The solutions? Better leadership and more freedom for teachers.

October 03, 2014

Talking About Dress Codes? Avoid 'Pretty Woman'

After using clips from "Pretty Woman" to explain dress code to female students, a North Dakota high school is getting negative feedback from parents and press.

January 21, 2014

Oklahoma Redefines 'Full Time' Students to Allow for Several Missed Weeks

The state's department of education is creating a rule that will make teachers accountable for students who might be absent for the first several weeks of the school year.

December 02, 2013

The Monday after Thanksgiving

If you want to really understand what's happening in American education, Sam Chaltain urges us to spend the Monday after Thanksgiving in a school with high concentrations of students living in poverty. Why?

October 30, 2013

Report: Teacher-Evaluation Policies Becoming Increasingly 'Rigorous'

The Washington-based National Council on Teacher Quality released its annual report rounding up states' teacher-evaluation policies, which have become increasingly stringent over the last few years.

October 17, 2013

Survey Attempts to Gauge Student Satisfaction

200 high school students participated in a survey about Oregon public high schools that seeks to give students a voice in education reform in the state.

September 18, 2013

Are Teachers Lapsing Into Edu-Speak?

In an amusing yet possibly telling article in Slate, Dahlia Lithwick describes the "inexorable decline of the American parent"--using her own failure to comprehend, well, much of anything while at back-to-school night for her son as her primary example.

July 05, 2013

A Glorious Fourth

It was hard to look at all those sweaty kids with candy-smeared cheeks at the Fourth of July parade and not think about what the planet's going to be like when they're grown up. Maybe such little faces are turning out to be a real incentive for those who are already grown up to do a little less arguing and a little more compromising, less accusing and more empathizing, less retrenching and more really strategic thinking.

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