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In Indiana, Raising The Bar Raises Questions About Special Education

Indiana is trying to make the path to a high school diploma more rigorous, but some special education students worry they won't be able to meet new requirements.

Is Bigger Always Better? The Case For Starting Small With New Learning Ideas

"Will it scale?" is often the first thing we ask about an educational innovation. Two innovators argue that it's the wrong question.

When A 4-Day School Week Might Cost More Than It Saves

An Arizona school district slimmed down its budget by dropping class on Fridays. But parents say they're having to stretch their wallets to find something for their kids to do on that fifth day.

In Bid To Welcome Refugees, Campaign Hopes To Make 'Every Campus A Refuge'

Diya Abdo, a professor at Guilford College, has launched Every Campus a Refuge, a project that aims to get every college and university campus to host one Syrian refugee family.

Amid Application Season, Seniors Consider A New Criterion: Race Relations

The surge of students protesting how colleges handle racial issues is making some incoming freshmen think more about race and safety on campus when choosing the university they want to attend.

How To Talk To Kids About Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a holiday with a complicated history. So some teachers have developed strategies to teach it to young students.


Protesting Racial Bias, Students Trade Placards For Pillows

Inspired by the events at Mizzou, students at Occidental College in Los Angeles recently got administrators to agree to a list of demands and are pledging to hold them accountable.

A Mother Hangs Her Hopes On A New High School

No school can succeed without the support of the families who send their children there.

Goodbye, No Child Left Behind

Congress appears ready to overhaul the nation's most important federal education law, No Child Left Behind. Civil rights groups, though, worry that some changes will hurt poor and minority children.
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Virginia Should Scale Back 'Standards Of Learning' Tests, Recommends Committee

In the wake of a backlash, education leaders in Virginia are trying to rethink how the state approaches its Standards of Learning standardized tests, including reducing the length of tests and revising graduation requirements.