Reform

12/12/2011

12/12/2011

Three months into a federal grant program designed to improve some of the country’s lowest-performing schools, New York City’s Education Department has instead moved to close two troubled high schools and replace them with new schools.

12/12/2011

The Orleans Parish School Board may be much diminished since the state took over a majority of the city's public schools six years ago, but the old board still pulls some of the most important strings: the purse strings.

12/12/2011

Elementary students in a California school district recite the Pledge of Allegiance in both English and Spanish, a move that is making some teachers unhappy, KGET.com reports.

12/8/2011

12/8/2011

The state of Montana is not going to seek a waiver from parts of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

12/8/2011

There's agreement that too few children in Connecticut have access to quality early education programs, but the Malloy administration and advocates are butting heads on how to get to a near-universal system.

12/7/2011

12/7/2011

The former chief executive of Intel wants to essentially blow up everything in public education in Arizona, from how teachers are trained to how they are paid.

12/6/2011

12/6/2011

The debate over renewing No Child Left Behind, the education reform act that will be 10 years old in January, has fallen along partisan lines even though school improvement is one of the few examples of bipartisan cooperation over the last decade.

12/6/2011

When New Jersey applied to the federal government for a waiver from the No Child Left Behind law, Gov. Chris Christie used the opportunity to tout elements of his education reform agenda that had been languishing in the state legislature for months.

12/5/2011

12/5/2011

In remarks Thursday that have since sparked some controversy, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg tackled school improvement -- through a suggestion to halve the teaching force. 

12/2/2011

12/2/2011

Chicago Public Schools officials unveiled the next phase of their district reorganization, announcing they will seek to close two underperforming elementary schools and begin to phase out two troubled high schools next school year.

12/1/2011

12/1/2011

Many poor public schools do not pay teachers and educators as much as wealthier schools just a few miles away, according to a survey of 13,000 school districts the U.S. Department of Education released on Wednesday.

11/28/2011

11/28/2011

Over the past decade, students in Finland have soared on international measures of achievement. They've continued to post some of the best scores in the developed world in reading, math and science, according to a respected international exam.

11/28/2011

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she's concerned about the economy, the deficit, and the "jaded" nature of American politics - but she says the country's "biggest single problem" is with the public school system.

11/28/2011

The contracts for next school year -- the ones that will actually provide the type of information parents need, such as which programs, curriculum and extracurricular activities will be provided -- will not be approved and made public until probably spring.

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