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3/13/2015
Boggy Creek Elementary School, which has a high homeless population, celebrates winning a national reading competition.

A homeless student in Delaware last year spent about three hours a day riding back and forth to school in taxi cabs—at a cost to the Delmar School District of more than $10,000.

3/12/2015
Steve Suitts, vice president of the Southern Education Foundation, the nation must deal with the increase in the number of low-income students.

The number of U.S. students who come from low-income families has long been the metaphorical elephant in the room when it comes to education funding.

3/12/2015
Joseph Davis is currently the superintendent of Washington County Schools in rural Plymouth, North Carolina.

Joseph Davis was named superintendent of the Ferguson-Florissant School District in Missouri in February. He is currently the superintendent of Washington County Schools in rural Plymouth, North Carolina.

3/9/2015

When the District of Columbia Public Schools’ Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced in 2012 the launch of an ambitious plan to transform our schools, we were all very excited, albeit a little nervous.

3/2/2015
An online learning program in Putnam County Schools in Tennessee has cut the need for credit recovery by 50 percent over the past three years, and the graduation rate rose from 88 percent in 2013 to 92 percent last year.

An elementary school writing program, a comprehensive fitness regimen and vigorous college and career preparedness in all grades exemplify innovation.

2/25/2015
In the Bonneville Joint School District in Idaho Falls, Idaho, a Summit Hills Elementary School student, right, takes a speech/language therapy class with therapist Claire Plowgian, above.

In rural Washington state, an occupational therapist might drive three to four hours to see a student—that is, if a district can find one to hire.

2/24/2015
Allan F. Daily High School students in Glendale USD take part in a total computer rebuild, used as a student-led training session. A student demonstrates with his classmates how to replace the CPU chip.

A cadre of students trained in IT support are providing teachers with Johnny-on-the-spot resources and bolstering the responsiveness of districts’ lean tech staffs for routine requests.

2/24/2015
Big Ideas Math, by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

No matter the grade or skill level, the newest mathematics tools and programs aim to make learning various math concepts an adventure.

2/24/2015
Students at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ Cato Middle College High School begin earning college credit in their junior year and can graduate from a 13th grade with an associate’s degree or professional certification.

Ninth graders in North Carolina take all their classes on the campus of a major state university. Early-college high school students in Connecticut can gain an inside track to one of the world’s largest tech companies.

2/23/2015
NCTM presenter Skip Fennell, who is also a McDaniel College education professor, plays a math game with a teacher from Little River Elementary School in South Riding, Virginia, and a teacher from Mount Airy Elementary School in Maryland.

Teach students math procedures if you want them to solve equations. Instill a deep conceptual understanding of mathematics and get them thinking like mathematicians, and you’ve prepared your students to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

2/23/2015
Kate Walsh is president of the National Council on Teacher Quality.

Are teacher prep programs giving out A’s and honors distinctions too easily?

2/23/2015
The National Core Arts Standards were released in October. They emphasize developing artistic ideas, refining them, and following projects through to completion. (Americans for the Arts/Scott Cronan Photography)

You think math and English have high standards? Try the arts.

2/20/2015
Maine early-college student Brianna Smith, right, studies water circulation in Portland Harbor with a community college professor.

Under a statewide program first funded in 2013, Vermont students can leave public high schools before their senior year to enroll full-time in college.

2/20/2015
Sharon P. Robinson is president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

As the U.S. Department of Education combs through the public comments received on its proposed federal regulations for teacher preparation programs, citizens must wait—probably until late summer—to learn the fate of the vast and controversial proposal.

2/20/2015
The complex was designed to maximize natural light through large windows and skylights.

Princeton City Schools in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area has the fifth-largest complex in the state, a 555,000-square-foot education center housing a middle school, high school and community center that will be complete this year.

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