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January 29, 2020

What Teachers Can Learn from Iowa's Efforts to Engage Teen Caucusgoers

A new generation of Iowans are preparing to caucus for the first time. Here's how their teachers are preparing them, and what it says about civics education in 2020.

January 22, 2020

An Exit Interview With John White, the Nation's Longest-Serving State Schools Chief

John White, the nation's longest-serving state K-12 schools superintendent who's stepping down in March, said the environment for education leaders has become more cynical and less idealistic in some respects.

January 20, 2020

What You Should Know About the Supreme Court Case the Education World Is Watching

The U.S. Supreme Court will arguments in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, a case that's been closely watched by both friends and opponent of private school vouchers and tax-credit scholarship programs.

January 15, 2020

Betsy DeVos Gave a State Charter School Grants. Lawmakers Have Said No Thanks, Twice

It's pretty obvious by now that many Democrats are growing increasingly uncomfortable supporting charter schools. But New Hampshire lawmakers have taken the unusual step of rejecting federal charter school grant money.

January 13, 2020

Education Politics in Betsy DeVos' Home State Are Very Polarized. Is It an Outlier?

How have private school choice and "right to work" laws driven political donations from teachers' unions and education reform groups? New research tries to answer that question, and finds some surprising results.

January 08, 2020

Louisiana Chief John White to Resign, Says State Is 'Better Educated' Than Ever

John White, the high-profile superintendent of Louisiana schools who led the system for eight years and polarized opinion in the education policy world, will step down on March 11.

December 18, 2019

How States Are Changing Attendance and Funding Policies for Virtual Schools

Over the past three years, states have used policy levers to push virtual schools to increase attendance and completion, and to make funding for them more transparent, according to the Education Commission of the States.

November 19, 2019

Has 'Education Reform' Lost Its Special Place in States?

"Republicans are losing their Democratic partners for their preferred education policy direction - that may signal the end of its rise," a Michigan State associate professor told us in assessing the political landscape for K-12 initiatives.

November 07, 2019

Nearly One in Five U.S. Students Attend Rural Schools. Here's What You Should Know About Them

More than 9.3 million U.S. students attended a rural school last year. A new report examines factors that affect them like poverty, academic achievement, and diversity.

November 06, 2019

Kids of Color Often Shut Out of High-Quality State Preschool, Research Says

Democratic presidential candidates like to say they support universal prekindergarten programs, but what about early-learning programs that already exist?

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