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Oct 23, 2016
How We Teach English Learners: 3 Basic Approaches
U.S. schools are scrambling to teach millions of students who don't speak English. That means more program options and better services. Here's a look at the three most common approaches.

Oct 22, 2016
For Many Schools The Recession Never Ended
A new study of Census and state budget data finds a majority of states spend less on their schools now than they did in 2008.

Oct 21, 2016
Breakthrough In Strike By Pennsylvania Professors
The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties and Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education reached a tentative agreement on the third day of a walkout.

Oct 21, 2016
Texas May Be Denying Tens Of Thousands Of Children Special Education
Texas school officials have until early November to explain why they placed a limit on the percentage of children enrolled in special education, as a Houston Chronicle investigation revealed.

Oct 21, 2016
American Academy Of Pediatrics Lifts 'No Screens Under 2' Rule
A new policy statement says kids as young as 15 months can learn from media when a caregiver is present and involved.

Oct 20, 2016
Educators Went To Jail For Cheating. What Happened To The Students?
Thousands of Atlanta students were affected by the cheating scandal in which test scores were falsified. Years later, those who remain are now receiving special services.

Oct 19, 2016
Pennsylvania Professors Go On Strike
Faculty members began a walkout Wednesday after contract talks with the state broke down. The striking union represents educators at 14 of Pennsylvania's public universities.

Oct 19, 2016
Checking Back In On The Barber Who Encourages Kids To Read
Our story about the barbershop that takes $2 off haircuts for young readers went viral, so we went back to ask what happened next.

Oct 18, 2016
Teacher Training As 'Part Theater, Part Sport'
Relay, an independent teacher prep program, is growing quickly thanks to its hands-on approach. Is this the future of teacher training?

Oct 17, 2016
American High School Graduation Rates Reach All-Time High
America's high school graduation rate has risen to an all-time high: 83 percent. While the rise is due to increased attention on at-risk students, the uptick also reflects lower graduation standards.

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Oct 24, 2016
Shouldn’t we be happy athletes are taking a knee rather than a selfie?
Young people often get branded as narcissists who spend their lives puckering and pouting for Instagram. So, why do we complain when they embrace a cause…

Oct 21, 2016
Georgia teacher groups may pay for opposition to governor’s Opportunity School District
Georgia teachers and their professional organizations may pay a price for their opposition to Gov. Nathan Deal’s Opportunity School District, which is faltering in a new…

Oct 21, 2016
Anyone else surprised by strong opposition to Opportunity School District in new AJC poll?
I have to admit surprise at the results of a new AJC poll finding significant opposition to Gov. Nathan Deal’s Opportunity School District, which is Amendment…

Oct 21, 2016
Will Opportunity School District send teachers flying out of classroom?
Allison Webb is a lecturer of Spanish and foreign language education at Kennesaw State University. A 2015 piece she wrote for the blog remains a reader…

Oct 20, 2016
Passing the Opportunity School District would be one victory. More must follow for real opportunity.
Atlanta attorney Glenn Delk has been urging greater school choice in Georgia for 25 years and has done legal work for charter schools, most of it pro bono.…

Oct 19, 2016
Nashville school board members: If Opportunity School District follows Tennessee’s model, you’re in trouble
Christiane Buggs and Will Pinkston are elected members of the local school board in Nashville, Tenn. In this piece, they urge Georgia voters to reject the…

Oct 18, 2016
Four signs Gov. Nathan Deal’s Opportunity School District may be in trouble
On Nov. 8, Gov. Nathan Deal is asking Georgia voters to endorse Amendment 1, which will give him the power — now forbidden by the state constitution…

Oct 18, 2016
Opinion: Choosing Olens to lead Kennesaw State University is part of GOP agenda
Lucas Carpenter is the Candler Professor Emeritus of English at Oxford College of Emory University. In this column, he assails the appointment of former Attorney General…

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