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March 29, 2017

Teachers Skeptical About ESSA, Want More Voice in Policy Development

A national survey found that most teachers don't think state education agencies have sought enough input from teachers in developing their state ESSA plans.

December 29, 2016

2016 State Teachers of the Year Speak Out

In podcasts and a public education campaign, State Teacher of the Year awardees share their hopes and advice for schools and students.

December 15, 2016

Many Teachers Can't Talk About LGBT Issues in the Classroom, Report Finds

In many school districts, the classroom is still a difficult place for LGBT students and teachers, says a report by Human Rights Watch.

August 10, 2016

20 Years After Groundbreaking Report on Teaching, a New Report Asks: What Now?

A new report by the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future sets policy recommendations to improve teaching and learning, 20 years after the original report pushed teaching to the forefront of the education reform movement.

April 05, 2016

Sex-Misconduct Cases Renew Concerns About Teacher-Student Texting, 'Friending'

Amid a recent rise in sexual misconduct cases involving teachers, the Clark County school district in Nevada is looking to implement a policy that restricts digital communication between students and teachers.

March 06, 2015

N.Y. Elementary School Eliminates Homework, But Parents Protest

A N.Y. elementary school is telling students to spend time with their families and play more instead of doing homework, but some parents are resisting the changes.

February 05, 2015

Kan. Bill Would Remove Legal Protections for Teaching Controversial Materials

A bill under consideration by the Kansas Senate would remove an exemption protecting teachers from prosecution for providing "harmful" materials to minors.

November 14, 2014

Study: Teacher Support, Inclusive Curricula Important for LGBT Students

A recent study identifies the problems facing LGBT students and presents steps that teachers can take to make the school environment more welcoming.

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.

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