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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.

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 02, 2013

Crowdsourcing: The Teacher-Voice Solution?

Districts have recently employed crowdsourcing to solve major problems. Could it help teachers authentically add their voices to policy discussions, too?

June 24, 2013

Are Teachers 'At the Table' Or 'On the Menu'? Hard to Tell.

Thursday's "Evaluation Reform: Finding Solutions through Teachers" at the American Institutes for Research was just the type of 30,000-foot-level Washington event that disenfranchised teachers seem to fear is changing the course of their profession.

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