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Articles: Policy & Compliance

CONTENT CHECK—Jodi Ide, a teacher at Brighton High School in Utah,  says  parents have never complained about  the content in her world religion class—and no students have ever changed faiths. (Deseret News / Laura Seitz).

Teaching about religion is not only permissible, but is gaining traction as a way to promote greater understanding in a world of conflicting dogmas.

Text messages are one of the most effective ways to keep high school students on track once they’ve begun the college application and enrollment process.

Mold growth at California’s Klamath-Trinity Joint USD three years ago was an asset in disguise.

Nancy Willard is the director of Embrace Civility in the Digital Age.

What schools are trying to do to prevent bullying appears to have had almost no positive impact.

Building a school’s music instruction around more recent artists and hits offers an alternative to a curriculum that’s often based on classical, jazz and marching bands.

Teachers today have more control over how and when they receive professional development.

Laura Carno is the founder and executive director of FasterColorado.com, an organization that provides firearms training to school staff who are authorized as armed first responders. Deborah Gordon Klehr is the executive director of the Education Law Center in Pennsylvania.

As more states consider allowing staff to be armed in the classroom, we present two perspectives.

Here are five strategies that school administrators are adopting to support the rising demand for special education.

In just the last few months, several districts and states have eliminated tests and cut assessment time to make room for instruction and reduce stress.

Maine led the nation in 2012 in becoming the first state to require that students demonstrate proficiency in academic areas to earn a high school diploma. (Gettyimages.com: qingwa).

Eighth-graders in Maine in the 2017-18 school year will be the first to adhere to proficiency-based standards.

Wealthy schools can raise eye-popping amounts from fundraising that add to the opportunities for well-off students, while the neediest schools struggle to keep up.

Fatme Faraj is director of School Improvement/Leadership Coaching for ​Dearborn Public Schools. Glenn M. Maleyko is superintendent of Dearborn Public Schools.

Evidence-based best practice is a hot topic in education, especially in regard to the proposed ESSA accountability system.

Many states lack well-defined computer science standards; others don’t count computer science courses toward core graduation requirements. And in many districts, computer science courses aren’t reaching enough students.

Jennifer Abrams is a communications consultant and author of Having Hard Conversations, The Multigenerational Workplace: Communicate, Collaborate and Create Community. She can be found at jennifer@jenniferabrams.com and on Twitter @jenniferabrams.

Positive public relations experiences are critical to our survival as public entities and, unfortunately for many school leaders, we face an uphill climb. According to a June 2016 Gallup poll, only 30 percent of Americans feel “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in public schools, down from an equally disheartening 36 percent when the survey was administered a decade earlier.

KANSAS CITY, Kansas—Superintendent Cynthia Lane learned the cello a few years ago, but not to fulfill some lifelong dream of soloing with the local symphony. The leader of Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools now performs alongside fourth- and fifth-graders in their annual spring strings concert.

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