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August 21, 2009

Michigan Lawmakers Want to Backtrack on Math Requirement

Michigan is the only state in the country that requires students to take Algebra II in order to graduate. But maybe not for long. Legislators there are considering making Algebra II optional. This would undo Michigan's move in 2006 to require it for graduation. The Senate and House are considering...

August 20, 2009

New Studies Find Mixed Results in Chicago High School Reform

A set of new reports finds "little dramatic improvement" so far from Chicago's high school reform.

August 18, 2009

Cash for Achievement: Thinkers Weigh In

Scholars weigh in on cash rewards for learning.

August 17, 2009

Turning Around a Chicago High School

Things are improving in the turnaround at Chicago's Fender High,

August 14, 2009

Pennsylvania Exit Exams Approved

Pennsylvania board of education approves a set of exit exams.

August 13, 2009

Boycotting Dropouts: Another Alternative

A Dallas middle school uses a time capsule project to keep kids in school.

August 12, 2009

New Texas Graduation Rules: Opening the Door to Fluff?

New Texas grad rules could backfire, some say.

August 11, 2009

Six States Expand Access to AP

Six states have success expanding students' access to AP.

August 10, 2009

Would Boycotting Dropouts Keep Kids in School?

Texas proposes a workplace ban on hiring high school dropouts.

August 06, 2009

AP: Guard the Gates? Pay To Lure Students Through Them?

You have probably heard that some districts have been experimenting with cash as an achievement incentive. A program in New York City is laying out some hefty change to get its students to pass AP tests. Obvious questions arise about the wisdom and effectiveness of rewarding students this way for ...

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